The Amazon Fire HD 10 offers the benefits of a high-price tablet at a fraction of the cost. Not only does it offer comprehensive streaming services, but it’s also compatible with many apps available on your laptop computer. But does that include productivity apps like Microsoft Word?
As of April 2021, you can use Microsoft Word on the Amazon Fire HD 10. Simply go to the Amazon AppStore and download Microsoft Office. From there, you can use Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other software.
While the app itself is free, you need a subscription to access certain features. Continue reading to learn more about using Microsoft Word on your Amazon Fire HD 10.
How to Get Microsoft Word on Amazon Fire HD 10
To use Microsoft Word on your Amazon Fire HD 10:
- Open your tablet.
- Tap on the Amazon AppStore’s icon on your home screen.
- Search for “Microsoft Office.”
- Select and download the program. (You may need to enter your username and password.)
- Choose “Word.”
As noted, you need a subscription to access all of Microsoft Word’s features. Without a subscription, you’ll be able to read documents as “Read-Only,” meaning you can view them but can’t make any edits or changes.
Microsoft Office offers a one-month free trial where you can freely use PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and other Microsoft-based software. To start your free trial, you’ll have to create a Microsoft account.
When creating your account, Microsoft may also ask for your credit card information, so it can start the billing cycle once your trial expires. Your family can use Microsoft for $99.99 a year. As an individual, you can get a subscription for $69.99 a year.
If you’re not sure whether you want a full subscription but still want to try the free trial, set a reminder so you can cancel your trial before you’re billed.
Where Are Word Documents Saved on the Amazon Fire HD 10?
When you use Word on your laptop, your saved files go directly to your desktop or another designated folder. This isn’t the case when you use Word on an Amazon Fire HD 10; here, your saved documents will likely go into your OneDrive folder.
This software stores your saved files and allows you to share them with others. With your free trial or paid subscription, you get 1TB of storage. This would allow you to save hundreds, if not thousands, of Word documents.
You can also email your saved Word documents to yourself; this would let you view and edit your Word document on another device. You can learn more about that function by clicking here.
Get the Most Out of Microsoft Word for Your Fire HD 10
Let’s face it: writing something on your Amazon Fire HD 10 is cumbersome. Do you really want to tap out each letter of every word you write? Probably not.
Thankfully, using the Amazon Bluetooth Keyboard, you can turn your tablet into a computer within seconds. By pairing your tablet and keyboard using Bluetooth, you can type using Microsoft Word just like you would on a standard computer.
Other Microsoft Programs You Can Use on the Fire HD 10
Microsoft Word is just one program you can use on your tablet. Downloading Microsoft Office also lets you use:
- PowerPoint. Here, you can make slideshows and presentations with a few easy taps.
- Excel. Now, you can create and edit spreadsheets to track invoices, lists, and more.
- Outlook. Google has Gmail, Microsoft has Outlook. You’ll need an Outlook account to access Microsoft’s software.
- Publisher. This is a design-based software. It lets you resize photos, change fonts, and improve a page’s user interface.
Alternatives to Using Microsoft Word on Fire HD 10
You might wonder if there’s any free software that lets you write, edit, and transfer documents. Microsoft Word is just one example; you can do the same things using Google Docs. This program comes free with your Gmail account.
To use it:
- Open your Amazon Fire HD 10.
- Tap on the Amazon AppStore.
- Search for “Google Docs.”
- Download the program.
- Open Google Docs.
- Enter your Gmail credentials.
You should also download Google Drive for good measure. This app will let you store and view saved Google Docs, just like OneDrive does for your Word documents.
Simple Word Processor Pro
Amazon has its own word-processing software called Simple Word Processor Pro. Here, you can create documents using your Amazon tablet and share them with other compatible devices.
The only drawback is that you can’t use it with certain programs. For instance, according to one Amazon reviewer, you can’t use Simple Word Processor Pro to edit a document exported from Google Docs. Here, you would be better off using your laptop’s programs.
A Final Word
You can use Microsoft Word on your Amazon Fire HD 10. Yet, you’ll need to have a free trial or subscription to use the program. For more information about using this feature, check out this article from Microsoft.