The Best Free Online Word Processors in 2017

Online word processors are a great alternative to the traditional word processor that you have to buy, install on your computer, and wait while it loads up and opens your document. The online word processors below are free, easy to use, and quick to get started with.

I've found some excellent free online word processors and compiled them into the list below. These are the best online word processors out there and no matter what feature you're looking for, you're going to find an online word processor that works the best for you out of the options below.

If you'd like a word processor that will do a little more for you, consider downloading some free word processor software. I also keep a list of free Microsoft Office alternatives if you're looking for more than just a word processor.

Many of these free online word processors will allow you to use ​free Word templates to create professional documents in your online word processor.

Google Docs

Screenshot of a document in Google Docs
Google Docs

If you're looking for a free online word processor the most similar to a traditional word processor such as Microsoft Word then you're going to want to check out the popular Google Docs.

Google Docs allows you to create, edit, and collaborate on documents quickly and easily knowing that you'll be able to access them anywhere you want, anytime you want. There's a bunch of editing options available and you won't miss Microsoft Office one bit with Google Docs.

Though this word processor is entirely free, it doesn't at all mean that it's lacking in features; you can insert images, tables, comments, and special characters, as well as headers/footers, bookmarks, and a table of contents. You can even type with just your voice!

In addition to creating your own documents online, Google's online word processor also lets you edit documents that exist on your computer (like DOCX files), by simply uploading them to Google Docs. More

Zoho Writer

Screenshot of Zoho Writer
Zoho Writer

Like Google Docs, Zoho Writer is an online word processor that's incredibly easy to use while at the same time has all the bells and whistles of a traditional word processor.

You'll be able to create and edit documents with this free online word processor with ease. Spell check is included, documents are auto-saved, you can see past revisions that were made to the document, and you can upload MS Word files as well as save Zoho Writer documents to your computer in popular formats like PDF and DOCX.

A unique feature of this online word processor is the ability to chat within Zoho Writer as you collaborate on a document. 

Logging on to Zoho Writer is super simple if you already have a Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, or Twitter account. More


Screenshot of ONLYOFFICE Personal

Sign in with your Google or Facebook account and get instant access to ONLYOFFICE Personal's free online word processor. 

You can upload existing DOCX files from your computer as well as from websites like Google DriveZoho, Box, and OneDrive. Documents can then be saved back to your computer 

This word processor looks very nice, has plenty of useful features, can import a variety of objects (charts, pictures, tables, shapes, etc.), and lets you co-edit and chat with others, even the public, which means they don't need to be logged in to their own account to collaborate with you. A document can be shared with read-only or full access rights.

One feature I like is the ability to restore to older versions of documents so you can undo changes another user may have made. More

Microsoft Word Online

Screenshot of Microsoft Word Online
Microsoft Word Online

Word Online is Microsoft's online word processor and is a stripped down version of the popular Microsoft Word.

You can only open documents you have stored in your online OneNote account, but uploading files there first before using them with the editor isn't a huge step to take.

It auto-saves your documents and there are plenty of editing options like adding tables, headers and footers, pictures, and basically anything else you can do with a common word processor.

You can also share a document with others rather easily, and download a copy of the file to your computer in DOCX, PDF, or ODT. More

Live Writer

Screenshot of the Live Writer online word processor
Live Writer

Live Writer has tons of custom formatting options, runs quickly, and supports not only word processing but also creating spreadsheets and slideshow presentation files.

Auto spell check is available as well as sharing documents with other users or the general public. Existing files can be imported to Live Writer via your computer (DOC/DOCX/ODT files) or your Google Docs account. 

Live Writer can store 60 documents for a total usage space of up to 100 MB. When you're done creating a document with Live Writer, you can export it to a popular format like DOCX, RTF, PDF, ODT, TXT, or HTML. More


Screenshot of the Shutterborg online word processor

Shutterborg is another simple free online word processor that loads up quick and makes it easy to immediately start a new document or open up an existing one without having to log on.

You'll love the editing options in this free online word processor. They have all the basics organized in a great toolbar that sits at the top of the work area. The toolbar is also used to insert pictures, lists, and HTML code.

Documents can be saved to your computer in the DOC, PDF, and HTML file formats. 

The only downside of Shutterborg is that there's no easy way to share and collaborate on documents. You also can only load external files via their URL, not by uploading existing files from your computer. More


The workspace in Writer

Writer is a unique online word processor because it prides itself on its lack of bells and whistles. The simplicity of the program along with the black background a green text make sure that you are concentrating on what really matters - your words.

At the bottom of the workspace are small buttons that will take you to the features it does have which include autosave, unlimited number of documents, customization of colors, fonts, and line spacing, an optional typewriter sound, word count, and PDF and text export.

There's a pro version available as well for a free but gives you double the options includes export options, a thesaurus, folders, and support. More