WordPerfect 's popularity took off with the introduction of WordPerfect 4.2 in 1986, with automatic paragraph numbering (important to the law office market), and the splitting of a lengthy footnote and its partial overflow to the bottom of the next page, as if it had been professionally typeset (valuable to both the law office and academic markets). WordPerfect 4.2 became the first program to overtake the original microcomputer word processor market leader, WordStar, in a major application category on the MS-DOS platform.

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WordPerfect X4 Branch
Preceded by
WordPerfect 2.x
WordPerfect 4.x Followed by
WordPerfect 5.x