Friday, November 2, 2007

View Microsoft Office documents without MS Office

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If you are using a word processing application other than MS Office, then sometimes you may face a problem when somebody sends you a PowerPoint slide or an Excel sheet. Since MS Office is the most widely used word processing application, file formats like .doc (MS Word document), .ppt (PowerPoint slide) and .xls (Excel sheet) has become a sort of standard among the users. But not everybody uses MS Office. You might be using OpenOffice, StarOffice etc which might refuse to open MS Office files. To deal with this problem, Microsoft has released 3 free application to view, but not edit, PowerPoint, Word and Excel files.

Word Viewer: Word Viewer lets you open Word 2003 documents and documents created with all previous versions of Microsoft Word for Windows® and Microsoft Word for Macintosh. In addition to Word document files (.doc), you can also open files saved in the following formats:

Rich Text Format (.rtf)
Text (.txt)
Web Page formats (.htm, .html, .mht, .mhtml)
WordPerfect 5.x (.wpd)
WordPerfect 6.x (.doc, .wpd)
Works 6.0 (.wps)
Works 7.0 (.wps)
XML (.xml)

With Word Viewer, you can view, print, and copy document contents to another program. However, you cannot edit an open document, save a document, or create a new document. This download is a replacement for Word 97 Viewer and all previous Word Viewer versions.

PowerPoint Viewer: PowerPoint Viewer lets you view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions. This viewer also supports opening password-protected Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. You can view and print presentations, but you cannot edit them in the PowerPoint Viewer.

Excel Viewer: With Excel Viewer, you can open, view, and print Excel workbooks, even if you don't have Excel installed. You can also copy data from Excel Viewer to another program. However, you cannot edit data, save a workbook, or create a new workbook. This download is a replacement for Excel Viewer 97 and all previous Excel Viewer versions.

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