Office Suites form a collection of computer programs that can be used not only in the office but also for home and business applications. The office suite usually includes a text editor (known also as a word processor), a spreadsheet program, and a presentation program. Often, we will also find in them an email client, a database program, or a software for creating graphics.
Word processors are obviously designed for text editing, they also have very wide possibilities of formatting the content. A text editor can be simple and offer only basic functions which will be sufficient to write plain text. On the other hand, a text editor or word processor can be a complicated and extremely advanced tool equipped with such gadgets as syntax highlighting or macros.
Spreadsheets present numerical data in tables. Thanks to such tools, you can not only make advanced calculations in a convenient way but also visualize data in the form of column, bar, pie, line, doughnut charts, and many other types. Spreadsheets make it easier to understand data interrelations as well as trends. Their most important features are mathematical and statistical functions. Spreadsheets are also equipped with such advanced features as pivot tables or statistical tools.
Programs for creating presentations allow designing multimedia presentations consisting of text, images, tables, and video. Slides are displayed by the presenter in a specific order to illustrate a topic in a systematic way. A big advantage of the presentation programs is how quickly we can design a visual presentation for our speech and how easy we can modify individual slides or entire presentation templates.
Additional components of office suites are often also database programs, various types of graphics programs, amateur DTP software, web development applications, e-mail software, and electronic calendars and organizers.
Office suites are the software of the first choice for every computer. They are often available in different versions based on the user needs. Among office suites, you can find both commercial packages such as Microsoft Office and free ones – for example, LibreOffice.