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Sunday, May 17, 2015

1595. Edit Microsoft Office Documents Online?

I want to be able to view Microsoft Office files when I’m sitting at someone else’s computer but I don’t need to edit them. Is there some free way to just view the files?

The scenario is someone emails you a Microsoft Word file, you need to open it while using your web email client at someone else’s desk and then you want to view the file but they don’t have Microsoft Office installed. So, the question is, how do you view the file?

There is no easy way to download Microsoft Word installed on their computer to open the file. There are several online solutions, the simplest is to use Microsoft Office online but there are other alternatives as well. We have are article on our website that points out some of the many free Microsoft Office and PDF viewers that you can use that don’t intrude on a computer’s installations. You can also go to Microsoft Office online and search for it online and then you can open any Microsoft Office document without having to install anything at all.I don’t have Microsoft Office installed on my home computer, but sometimes I need to be able to create and edit Office documents that I bring home from work. Is there some free way that I can do this?
The simplest solution would be for your company to purchase an Office 365 license for you to use at home, so you could install the necessary Microsoft Office applications there, as well; that may not be possible or wanted. You could also look into one of the many free Microsoft Office “clones”, like Open Office (http://www.openoffice.org). These sorts of applications work well enough, but they’re not Microsoft Office, and can cause their own level of hassles.
We can recommend two free options that have worked extremely well for us. First, look into Microsoft Office Online (http://www.office.com). This free service allows you to work with all the standard Office document formats, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This is an excellent, free, powerful tool that certainly solves your needs. There’s only one serious limitation: You really do need to have a free Microsoft account (or a Microsoft work or school account) in order to sign in and access your documents. Once you have signed in, you can create new documents, or load documents that you have previously stored in OneDrive or DropBox. There’s no option to load or save documents from or to your local computer’s storage. Working with the Office Online applications on the Web feels much like using the latest versions of the desktop applications. If you can live with these restrictions, Office Online is a really wonderful, free option for you to use without restrictions or cost.
If you have a Google account, you may find it easier to use the equally powerful (and free) Google Documents application to create and edit Microsoft Office documents. Log in with your Google account at http://drive.google.com, and you can upload documents from your local computer (or create new documents online and download them) and edit them as if you had Microsoft Office installed. The user interface isn’t quite as familiar to Microsoft Office users as that of Office Online, but Google Documents is an excellent online application, and you can easily work with your Office documents there.

Although the simplest solution is to have a local copy of the Microsoft Office applications, you can take advantage of either Microsoft Office Online or Google Documents to edit your documents, for free. All you need is an Internet connection and a browser!

If you want to be able to view Microsoft Office files when you are sitting at someone else’s computer but don’t need to edit them. Is there some free way to just view the files?

The scenario is someone emails you a Microsoft Word file, you need to open it while using your web email client at someone else’s desk and then you want to view the file but they don’t have Microsoft Office installed. So, the question is, how do you view the file?

There is no easy way to download Microsoft Word installed on their computer to open the file. There are several online solutions, the simplest is to use Microsoft Office online but there are other alternatives as well. We have are article on our website that points out some of the many free Microsoft Office and PDF viewers that you can use that don’t intrude on a computer’s installations. You can also go to Microsoft Office online and search for it online and then you can open any Microsoft Office document without having to install anything at all.


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