Ive windows XP but I can’t find Word only Wordpad which is not as good and can’t do colors, spellcheck, and stuff. Where is Word located?
I agree, Word in all of its various forms is a much better word processing application than WordPad and is loaded with features that I can't live without. However, not all computers come with Word preinstalled and those that do, often only have "trial" versions which soon become inoperable if the user doesn't purchase the full product.
Where is your copy of Word? This depends. First, did you previously have Word only to have your icons and shortcuts disappear or did you have a trial version that is no longer valid? Let's start with the possibility that your computer has a working version of Microsoft Word on it but somehow you've lost your icons or your Word shortcuts no longer work (this happens).
First, if you have any desktop shortcuts that no longer work, delete them. You will create new ones so we might as well get rid of those that aren't working. Next, go into Windows Explorer by right-clicking the Start button and choosing Explore. This opens a window where you can "explore" your computer's folders in search of Microsoft Word.
Most software programs install themselves in specific folders and Word is no exception. With the various versions of Office and Word, the folder and file names may be a bit different but they are similar enough that you should be able to easily find Word's executable file (winword.exe).
In Windows Explorer, click your main hard drive (usually C:). Next, click on Program Files. You should now see a bunch of folders representing the various programs installed on your computer such as Adobe, iTunes, Google, HP, Microsoft, Internet Explorer, Paretologic, and others specific to what you have installed. We are looking for Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word.
Click on Microsoft Office and a variety of subfolders will appear. Look for one that says "Office12" (it may have a different number depending on the version of Office installed). Within the Office subfolder are even more subfolders and dozens of files. We are looking for Winword.exe. If you can't see the ".exe" part, you may need to tell Windows Explorer to display the file extension by going to Tools and choosing Folder Options. Click the View tab and remove the checkmark near "Hide file extensions for known file types." Apply this choice to all folders and confirm your choice by clicking OK.
Once you find winword.exe, right-click it. Choose Create Shortcut. This places a shortcut in the same folder where winword.exe is located. Now, you need to get that shortcut on your desktop. Do this by minimizing all windows until you see the Desktop. Make the Windows Explorer window small so that you can see both the shortcut as well as the Desktop. Drag the shortcut onto the Desktop and drop it. Test the shortcut to be sure that Word opens.
If your computer does not have Word or the trial version has expired, check to see if you have Microsoft Works installed. Works is like Office's younger sibling with a basic word processor, spreadsheet, and other programs bundled together. Many computers come with a copy of Works that doesn't expire and many users find the Works word processor a good compromise between Wordpad and Word.
If you prefer Word, you can go to Microsoft Office's Web site and download a free trial or buy the full product here. If you'd rather try free alternatives, this article covers a few alternatives to Microsoft Office.