Word and Excel Viewers

 by Allan J. Greenberg

For those of you who occasionally receive Microsoft Word and Excel attachments to e-mail messages and are not able to view them, help is just a few clicks away.  Microsoft provides, free of charge, two viewers; Word Viewer 2003 and Excel Viewer 2003.

Word Viewer 2003 allows you to view, copy and print all versions of Word documents.  It also allows you to view 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) and XML (.xml) files.  To download a copy of MS Word Viewer 2003, just click here.

Excel Viewer 2003 allows you to open, view and print all versions of Excel workbooks.  You can also copy data from an Excel workbook to another program.  To download a copy of MS Excel Viewer 2003, just click here.

If, on the other hand, you would like to create your own word-processing and spreadsheet documents, but don’t want to spring for Microsoft Office, give some consideration to the free OpenOffice product.  OpenOffice is a suite of programs, similar to MS Office.  It comes with Writer, Impress, Math, Draw, Calc and Base.

Writer is a word processor similar to Word and can read and save in MS Word format.
Impress is a program for creating multimedia presentations.
Math is a program to handle mathematical equations.
Draw is a graphical program to handle sketches and complex drawings.
Calc is a spreadsheet program and can view and save in Excel format.
Base is a database program to handle database data and supports the MS Access format.

OpenOffice download is a 104 MB file, so those of you still on dial-up may not want to try to download it.  OpenOffice can be freely distributed, so if you find someone with high-speed connection, ask them to download it and copy the file to a CD-R disk.  To begin the download process, click here