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No PC For Now – What Are My Options?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Free Downloads, MS Office Help

Jules’s PC died on her and she needs some advice. “As of this morning, my cheap PC is toast and I can’t get another one until I manage to save up to buy it. I’d like to wait until I have enough to get a decent PC. I have sworn off credit cards and financing for my New Year’s resolution, so that’s off the table. I don’t have a tablet, but I do have Galaxy 4S smartphone.  I also have access to computers at my local library.  I run a small cleaning business. I can handle my e-mails from the phone, but I find it difficult to use apps for writing letters and contracts and also for doing graphics for flyers and to put on my Facebook account for the business. I can usually do a pretty good job of handling the page for the business from my phone, though sometimes I do need to log on a PC to handle tasks. I can print individual documents at the library for a small charge and larger batches I take to the Fed Ex/Kinko’s. Do you have some suggestions (hopefully inexpensive ones) to hold me over until I have a new PC?”

First of all, congratulations on kicking debt to the curb in 2016!

If you were a person who was comfortable with using apps for office tasks, you might not need a PC at all, but since you prefer the PC interface, I do have some suggestions.


For your Office needs, you can go online to and have free access to Microsoft Word, Excel and even Powerpoint and OneNote. You can save any files to your free OneDrive Cloud Storage. These files can also be saved to a USB drive, but I’m not sure if the library will let you do that. But you can also access them from your phone.

Click here to learn more about using Microsoft Office online for free.

In a pinch, you can also access any of these documents from the free Word, Excel and Powerpoint apps if you install them on your phone.


You could also use the portable version of LibreOffice downloaded to a USB drive. But you’ll need to use a friend’s PC to get it, since the library is unlikely to allow you to do downloads.

For quick and easy graphics for social media and signs, I suggest Canva. A great site that features paid options as well, but you can stick to the free ones and still get some great results.


You can learn more about Canva by clicking here.

~ Cynthia


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One Response to “No PC For Now – What Are My Options?”

  1. rc primak says:

    My local library does allow downloading through its public PCs to a user-supplied Flash Drive. Some sites are blocked, but as long as the download is less than about a half-GB the practice is allowed. So the installer for LibreOffice, though it is large-ish, is allowed to download on these public library PCs. Rules may differ in other communities, but I don’t think the restriction against downloading to a flash drive is very widespread in public libraries.

    I also have a community center in y neighborhood with two excellent and unrestricted WiFi networks. They don’t supply the PCs, but some community centers and community colleges do have PCs available on a limited basis to the public.

    If the person making this inquiry has as little as $100.00, there are tablets which run Windows 10 pretty decently in this price range. Discount retailers have these. Also, some places like NewEgg have cheap refurbished PCs and laptops for sale.

    Saving for a better laptop or PC is a good idea, but I wouldn’t want to be without at least a tablet in the meantime.

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