Looking for a good stand alone document editor that is not light on features? Then you will want to take a good look at PolyEdit Lite which is a free word processor for Windows systems.


The installation and setup for PolyEdit Lite is quick and easy. There is a restriction against use in a commercial/corporate environment.

Note: There is a Pro version available for commercial/corporate use.

This is the default look and setup when you first open PolyEdit Lite. Notice the very nice set of commands available in the toolbars.

Menus for PolyEdit Lite

PolyEdit Lite has an extensive menu system like the document editors in Microsoft Office and Open Office (very nice!).

The File and Edit Menus…


The View and Insert Menus…notice all of the items that you can add to your documents in the Insert Menu…definitely not a lite-weight application.

The Format, Convert, Tools, and the Templates Menus.

And finally the Window and Help Menus.


PolyEdit Lite has nice set of options available, so it would be a good idea to take a few minutes to look through them and make any adjustments that you would like. In the General section, you can choose the Default Encoding, Word Wrap style desired, the Measurement System that you would like to use, and the home folder to save all of your documents in.

Here you can set the Default Font to the one that works best for you…

Select or Deselect the Editing Options that you would like to use.

Decide which Viewing Options will work best for you.

Specialized Options for your Tabs…

Easily select which Toolbars are displayed in PolyEdit Lite…

If you get tired of the default (or your current) theme, you can easily switch to a new one to keep things looking fresh.

Need or prefer a custom color for your document’s background? Choose your favorite one here!

Want to encrypt your documents? Not a problem…

Add additional file/extension associations if desired.


Ever wished that you could choose a nice icon to make your documents stand out better in Windows Explorer? Now you can…choose from seven very nice icons.

Autosave and Backup functions to help you have peace of mind. Notice that you can choose a separate custom folder just for your backups if you desire (nice!).

Select the options that you would like to use for Spellchecking…

Choose the Clipboard Options you want active while using PolyEdit Lite…

Decide the Action to be performed when the ESC Button is used, the Default File Extension that you prefer to use, and whether to activate the System Tray, Multiple Instances, and Reloading options.

PolyEdit Lite in Action

So, you have seen all of the menus and options, but how do things look when working on a document? We decided to create a document that started with a regular paragraph, then add a two column area (lightly outlined for editing mode), a picture, and then text with some of the formatting options in use. As you can see here, our little test turned out very nicely.


Note: PolyEdit Lite can save files in the .doc, .rtf, .txt, and .etf formats.

And after saving our document, here is our Print Preview…


If you need a robust document editor but do not want to have to install an entire office suite just to get one, then PolyEdit Lite is definitely worth giving a try!


Download PolyEdit Lite (version

Works On: Windows (website is non-specific on supported versions)

Installed On: Windows Vista (32 bit), Service Pack 2

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