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KWord is a frame-based word-processing and desktop publishing application. KWord is capable of creating professional looking documents.

Frame oriented word processors work by creating one or more frames per page. Each frame acts as a boundary (like a frame which surrounds a photograph), which limits the text to the boundaries of the frame. You can move and re-size boundaries to define exactly where on the page the text will be placed. As you re-size frames, the text is reworked to fit within these frames.†

KWord is part of the KOffice productivity suite for the K Desktop Environment. Other applications in KOffice include: KSpread (a spreadsheet application), KPresenter (a presentation creator), Karbon14 (a vector drawing program), Kivio (a flowchart creator), Krita (a pixel based drawing program), Kugar (a report generation tool), Kexi (an integrated environment for databases, KChart (a chart and graph creator), KPlato (an integrated project management and planning tool), and a simple integrated office desktop, to help organize your work.

†KWord 2.3.0

Free to download

Part of KOffice

GNU Lesser General Public License

KWord Team

Website (Dead project)

System Requirements
kdelibs >=3.3
libxml2 >=2.4.9
libxslt >=1.0.7
lcms >= 1.15

Support Sites:
KWord Handbook, KDE Developer's Journals

Selected Reviews:, Softpedia

Features include:

  • Uses the standard ISO 26300 OpenDocument format
  • Paragraph style sheets (borders, alignment, spacing, indentation, bullet points, tab stops, page breaks, and font type, style, color and size), together with a stylist to edit, add, remove and update styles (a number of predefined styles are provided)
  • A frame orientation, suitable for simple desktop publishing (DTP)
  • Numerous preset as well as custom page sizes
  • Multiple columns per page
  • Headers and footers (including different first page headers/footers)
  • Variables, such as page number, company name, user name, document summary, date and time or a custom variable
  • Tables
  • Embedding of text frames, images and clip-art (.wmf and .svg files)
  • KWord has built in support for KParts. KParts allows you to insert any spreadsheet, picture, chart, graph, document, or any other data type from any KOffice application
  • Chapter numbering
  • Auto-generation of table of contents
  • Auto-correction and spell checking
  • Customizable toolbars and menus
  • Templates
  • Create PDF files
  • Accessibility features, including the ability to speak all or part of a document using Text-to-Speech (KTTS) and manipulate documents using the keyboard only


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