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Original author(s)Reginald Stadlbauer[1]
Initial release1998; 25 years ago (1998)[1]
Final release
2.3.3[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 23 February 2011
Operating systemUnix-like, Windows[3]
Available inMultilingual
TypeWord processor, Desktop publishing

KWord is a deprecated word processor and a desktop publishing application,[4] part of the KOffice suite. It has been obsoleted by Calligra Words of the Calligra Suite.


KWord was created by Reginald Stadlbauer[1] as part of the KOffice project in 1998[5] using several ideas from FrameMaker,[6] such as the use of frames. The original author confessed that the application and its code were not top notch since it was his first object-oriented application.[1]

Until 2012, KWord was being actively developed along with the rest of the KOffice suite.[4] Beginning with KOffice 2.4 the developers aimed to release new KOffice versions every six months in sync with SC4 releases[7] but KOffice had seen no development activity since mid-March 2012.[8]

After two minor commits in August 2012[9] the website was replaced by a placeholder in early September 2012. On October 22, 2012 KDE removed KOffice from their Quality Website Tools.[10]


The text-layout scheme in KWord is based on frames,[11] making it similar to FrameMaker by Adobe. These can be placed anywhere on the page, and can incorporate text, graphics and embedded objects. Each new page is a new frame, but the text is able to flow through KWord’s ability to link frames together. The use of frames means that complex graphical layouts can be achieved relatively easily in KWord.

Many desktop publishing (DTP) applications use frames, much like KWord does, but these DTP applications use a concept called master pages which gives the power to the user to design the structure of the document. However, KWord developers designed the frames usage to be a usable variant of master pages, with intelligent copying of frames and their position when a new page is created, for example when there is too much text for a page.


  1. ^ a b c d "Reginald Stadlbauer". Behind KDE. Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  2. ^ "KOffice 2.3.3 Update". 24 June 2011. Archived from the original on 30 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Berlin by night…". Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2012-06-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ a b "KWord at". "KDE Webteam". Archived from the original on 2005-12-31. Retrieved 2009-06-07.
  5. ^ "koffice/kword". Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  6. ^ "What is KWord". 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  7. ^ "Re: Platform support / Roadmap". Retrieved 2012-05-01.
  8. ^ "KOffice activity (Note: Script Kiddy is an automated maintenance bot, not a developer)". KDE Projects. 2012-07-18. Archived from the original on 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  9. ^ "KOffice activity (Note: Script Kiddy is an automated maintenance bot, not a developer)". KDE Projects. 2012-08-19. Retrieved 2012-12-04.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "KDE Quality Website Tools activity". KDE Projects. 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2012-12-04.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "KWord, The Lightweight Word Processing Power Tool - Aim Higher Than MS Word - Reviews". LinuxPlanet. 2007-12-06. Archived from the original on 2017-03-23. Retrieved 2012-06-13.