Jarte is a compact, portable and free word processor with a surprising number of features.

Your first reaction to the program, though, will probably be mild confusion at the odd interface. The toolbar features tiny icons, but clicking these actually call up Jarte's menus, which regularly ignore Windows conventions. (Although fortunately you can tweak the program to restore a more easy-to-understand view - read Welcome.rtf in the Jarte folder for more.)

Once you've mastered the interface basics, however, you'll begin to appreciate Jarte's extensive feature list.

The program can open plain text, RTF, DOC and DOCX files, for instance (and several at once, thanks to its tabs).

Documents can include tables, pictures, hyperlinks, equations or objects.

There's a full range of paragraph formatting options, and a format brush to help apply them quickly.

And there's template support. A clipboard manager to help you display and reuse 25 clipboard clips. A configurable "auto save" option. A handy screen capture tool. A simple spell checker; the option to integrate a dictionary and thesaurus; easy header and footer configuration tools, and the list goes on.

Not bad at all for a portable tool, less than 10MB in size, which you can run from a USB stick.

Please note, if you like Jarte than it might be worth considering Jarte Plus, the program's commercial big brother. This adds features like auto correct, automatic outlining, the ability to attach notes to a document, more customisation options, and a word count in the status bar, amongst other things. It can be yours for $19.95, and you can find out more on the Jarte site.

Version 6.0 (History):
  Bug Fixes:

  • New Features and Enhancements:
    Jarte Plus now facilitates automation of common tasks via use of AutoHotkey scripts. You can create your own scripts and assign them to custom shortcut keys or to custom Quick Bar buttons.
    Templates now support special tags used to insert the current date, insert the current clipboard contents, position the text cursor at a desired position, and run AutoHotkey scripts.
    Jarte's Quick Bar now automatically squeezes buttons in the Quick Bar closer together when the program window is not otherwise wide enough to display all of the buttons. This behavior can be disabled in Quick Bar's advanced configuration dialog.
    Jarte's Quick Bar now supports button dividers to help better organize buttons.
    Quick Bar buttons now display hint windows when option Show Hints is enabled.
    Paragraph heading styles can now be applied by going to the paragraph styles menu.
    Selected text can now be tagged with a note hyperlink. Hovering over the link, or Ctrl+clicking the link, displays the note.
    Jarte now includes a Portuguese (Brazilian) spelling dictionary.
    Jarte now allows you to choose which custom spelling dictionary (if there is more than one available) to which you would like to add a word that has been flagged as misspelled. In addition, you can assign a custom shortcut key to new command "Add to Spelling Dictionary" to add any currently selected word to a custom spelling dictionary.
    The Ctrl+Backspace shortcut key activates new command "Go to Last Edit" which moves the text cursor back to the position of the most recent modification in the current document.
    A choice of font colors can now be applied to text when Jarte is in screen reader mode.
    Document tabs can now be sorted.
    Jarte's status bar now contains an icon that indicates if the current document has an attached note. Clicking the note icon in the status bar displays the note.
    Jarte's file Open and file Save dialog windows have now been updated to the same modern style used by most other programs.
    New option Enable Typing Sounds directs Jarte to emit typewriter sound effects as you type.
    Advanced setting Single Instance Only is introduced to allow users to disable the ability to open multiple instances of Jarte simulataneously.
    The Scroll Lock key is now disabled by default. This was done because few users make use of scroll lock and it causes a lot of confusion when it is inadvertently toggled on. Users who want to use the Scroll Lock key in Jarte need to modify advanced setting Allow Scroll Lock.
    Advanced setting Disable Overwrite Mode is introduced to allow users to disable the action of the Insert key in Jarte (i.e., prevent Jarte from entering overwrite mode when the Insert key is toggled).
    Advanced setting Web Browser Path is introduced to direct Jarte to use a web browser other than the default browser when a hyperlink is activated. It can also be used in conjuction with new advanced setting Web Browser Params which is useful for speciying browser profiles on portable drives.
    New advanced setting Silent Reload is introduced to disable the "Do you want to reload this file?" prompt that appears when a file currently open in Jarte is modified by another program.
    The Swap Views command is now available to be assigned to custom shortcut keys and custom Quick Bar buttons.
    Jarte Plus' quick reference card PDF file can now be accessed from the Help menu in Jarte Plus.
    Other minor enhancements.

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The odd interface is a little distracting, but once you've found your way around Jarte offers a great deal of word processing power