We will next look at two offline tools that actually are useful for inserting and editing images, templates and tables of contents.
There are several ways to set up and use the offline or traditional version of MS Word. Most of them involve setting up a Microsoft account. One way you can use MS Word for free without an account is to go to your local library and use one of the library computers. Most schools also have MS Word installed on their computers. You can also access MS Word for free if you have a school related email address (one ending in dot edu). You can also simply pay for MS Word on a monthly or annual basis. A final option is to get the 30 day free trial version of MS Word. You can only get this free trial once. Also to get the free trial, you need to give Microsoft your credit card number and you also need to remember to cancel within 30 days to avoid MS charging your credit card.
The point in downloading the 30 day free trial of the current paid version of MS Word is to see how it differs from the free online version of MS Word and to capture screen shots of the current version of MS Word.
The second issue is installing MS Word on your personal computer. This is an easy matter if you have a Windows computer. However, I personally use a Linux computer because I run dozens of websites and I cannot afford to have my computer infected by Windows Ransomware or other Windows malware that would destroy all of my files. Sadly, MS Word does not come in a version for Linux. And it would not matter if MS Word did come in a version for Linux because hackers can also install ransomware directly from MS Word documents.
The only secure solution to using MS Word on a Linux computer is to create a Windows 10 virtual machine (which can be done for free in a matter of minutes) and then install the 30 day trial version of MS Word in the virtual machine. This virtual machine acts almost exactly as if it were MS Word running in a Windows 10 computer (including being able to go online, install and use a web browser). But if a hacker were able to attack this Windows 10 installation or if I downloaded an infected MS Word document, all the hacker would be able to do is destroy my virtual machine. They would not be able to attack any of the programs and documents on my Linux File Manager.
In other courses and books, such as Learn Linux and LibreOffice, I explain how to set up a free virtual machine. The key issue is that while Linux works fine with just 2 GB of RAM and 20 GB of storage, Windows 10 requires a minimum of 4 GB of RAM and 50 GB of storage in the virtual machine. You therefore need at least 8 GB of RAM on your personal computer in order to set up a Windows 10 virtual machine and still have any RAM left for your normal activities.
Whether you are using a real Windows computer or a virtual machine inside of a Linux computer, here is what MS Word looks like when you open it:
Click on Blank Document to open a new blank document - or click on New to get more template choices. To save an existing document as a new custom template, open the document. Then click File, Save As and choose More Options.
This will open up your File Manager.
Click on Custom Office Templates to put the template in your templates folder.