People have transferred messages and preserved their thoughts long before computers, word processors, and typewriters were invented. Yet, if we’d want to discuss everything an individual used as a writing device, we’d have to travel back to prehistoric times. Even ignoring cave paintings created with rocks or charcoal, our conversation would have to start with Ancient Egypt since the first known pen was developed in 3000 BC.

Below, has put together a detailed visualization of the history of text editors. Find out which tools were the most successful in their time and which famous personalities used them.

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Word Processors Through Time: Before MS Word & Google Docs

Irma Wallace

Irma Wallace

Co-founder and Vice President of SearchRank, responsible for many of the day to day operations of the company. She is also founder of The Arizona Builders’ Zone, a construction / home improvement portal.

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