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Solved Need to open a Microsoft word and an Excel - need help

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by larryh10000, Nov 26, 2018.

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  1. larryh10000

    larryh10000 Thread Starter

    Oct 23, 2007
    It seems to me (but I might be mistaken on this) that there is a Microsoft program that will let you open and view a Word or Excel document without having to purchase the Microsoft software. It's not an app that you can edit a document or write a new Word document or Excel document but you can just open them to view them only. Sometimes I get a Word doc or Excel doc and can't open it because I don't have the Microsoft programs installed and I simply can't afford them. Anyone heard of such a thing? If so, please advise where I could download this at or the name of this app. It's been years ago but I think I downloaded it on an old computer (I think - if my memory serves me right - and it doesn't always) which I no longer have (the computer that is)

    Any help would be appreciate.
  2. SpywareDr


    Mar 30, 2014
    Microsoft's Office Viewers were retired in April of this year.

    Google Docs lets users open Excel, PowerPoint and Word files in an Office Compatibility Mode (OCM), then save the results as Sheets, Slides or Docs files, respectively, and Office files can be converted to Google's formats from Google Drive.

    A Chrome add-on, Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides, simplifies this further by opening dragged-to-the-browser Office files in the pertinent Google online application.

    The open-source OpenOffice and LibreOffice can also open Microsoft Office-formatted files.

    Source: https://www.computerworld.com/artic...-cutoff-date-for-free-office-app-viewers.html
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