A word processing document allows a user to use a computer to compose, edit, format, and print documents easily (Oxford University Press, 2004). A word processing document is appropriate for almost any kind of writing. For example, a letter is a great use for a word processing document. In fact, this entry was first written as a word processing document before being transferred to the discussion board.
This is in contrast to a spreadsheet, which is a document divided into columns and rows. Unlike a word processing document, it has the ability to perform high-level mathematical operations on its contents (spreadsheet, 2008). Spreadsheets are often used for presenting data, especially if that data is best represented in tabular form. A budget is an example of something that is best produced using a spreadsheet rather than a word processing document.
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