Word Reader Review

Word Reader 6.03    Jul 27, 2011 release

License: Free
Language: English
OS: Win 98 / Win 98 SE / Win ME / Win 2000 / Win NT / Win XP / Win 2003 / Win Vista / Win 7 / Win 8
Size: 6.8 MB
Developer: Abdio
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by SoftwarePuppy Sep 25, 2014

Editorial review

Hundreds of new applications are released every single day: some of them are extremely useful; others are of no particular use. Word Reader most likely belongs to the second category. This program does only one thing: opens text files. Although we deal with text documents very often, all of us have special programs like Microsoft Word or Apache Open Office pre-installed and don't need any third party products. Let's try to figure out why on Earth someone would want to use this reader.


The program opens files of different formats, including DOC, DOCX, HTML, TXT, and RTF. It also claims to be able to open HTML files, but in reality it fails to do that. You can't edit the files though, so viewing is your only option. The program offers a zoom feature as well.


The program seems to do a good job with the majority of formats mentioned in the manufacturer's description. However, in some cases it failed to open HTML files. In case when the program's main objective is as primitive as opening text files, such bugs are absolutely unacceptable and even pathetic.

Target users

This is a difficult question to answer actually. Probably those who are living in a cave or under the bridge will find it fancy, but as soon as most people use more powerful applications like Microsoft Word the practical value of Word Reader becomes really questionable. The only legitimate reason that comes to mind is your desire to restrict the access to some important text files. If you share your computer with someone else and don't want him/her to modify your text files, you can install Word Reader that doesn't allow making any changes. Anyways, password protection still looks like a smarter decision.

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