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LibreOffice – A Free Office Suite

LibreOffice is a powerful free office suite that can be used to open, edit and save documents that are used in school.

It is compatible with many Microsoft document formats.

Writer: A word processor with similar functionality and file support to Microsoft Word.
Calc: A spreadsheet program, similar to Microsoft Excel.
Impress: A presentation program resembling Microsoft PowerPoint.
Draw: A vector graphics editor and diagramming tool similar to Microsoft Visio.
Base: A database management program, similar to Microsoft Access.
Math: An application designed for creating and editing mathematical formulae.

For homework, documents should be saved in the modern Microsoft format. e.g. .docx for Word, .pptx for PowerPoint .xlsx for Excel etc…

LibreOffice can be downloaded HERE (External Website)

Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader Software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Reader to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files.

Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials guards against viruses, spyware, and other evil software. It provides real-time protection for your home or small business PCs. It is free and designed to be simple to install and easy to use. It runs quietly and efficiently in the background so you don’t have to worry about interruptions or making updates.


Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

VLC Player

VLC Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.


WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.