Computer techies.......I need help......

  • MikePhilPerez

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    May 03, 2008 5:25 PM GMT
    OK, this has nothing to do with Gay or Fitness, so sorry for posting this here, but this is doing my head in for the past few days.

    I have a file on CD that a sales guy gave me. It is a Microsoft Excel file, and I don't have Excel. I have a Excel viewer that I downloaded (Bytescout XLS Viewer), but it won't open it.

    My operating system is Vista.

    Can someone please help?

    There will be something in it for who ever comes up with a solution that works icon_wink.gif

    Mike
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    May 03, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    Hi MP Have you tried Cnet.com ? They are real helpful!


    l hate Vista and l changed back to XP and l know a lot of people who hate Vista and have changed ?


  • trickbeatle

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    May 03, 2008 5:40 PM GMT
    Hey

    maybe you should try the official Excel Viewer from Microsoft

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1cd6acf9-ce06-4e1c-8dcf-f33f669dbc3a&DisplayLang=en

    Also you could try OpenOffice.org . Its compatible with most Microsoft Office Documents.

  • May 03, 2008 5:43 PM GMT
    Mike,

    Just create a Google account if you don't already have one and use Google Docs. You won't even have to install anything.

    http://docs.google.com
  • MikePhilPerez

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    May 03, 2008 5:45 PM GMT
    TurkishDelight saidHi MP Have you tried Cnet.com ? They are real helpful!


    l hate Vista and l changed back to XP and l know a lot of people who hate Vista and have changed ?




    Thanks TD, I will check out Cnet.com.

    Have to tell you though, I love Vista, and I hated XP with a passion. Nothing ever worked right on XP.

    Mike
  • NYCguy74

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    May 03, 2008 5:47 PM GMT
    I second the Google docs suggestion. nothing to download, will work in any browser
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    May 03, 2008 6:00 PM GMT
    You can go straight to Microsoft's website and get a free excel viewer here

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c8378bf4-996c-4569-b547-75edbd03aaf0&displaylang=en

    also, if you want to be able to interact with and save files as excel (xls), you can download OpenOffice (I am a big fan of this even though I have MS Office 2003) which can open, alter, and save xls files:

    http://www.openoffice.org/
    and to download http://download.openoffice.org/index.html
    or different operating systems and languages http://download.openoffice.org/other.html#en-US
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    May 03, 2008 6:03 PM GMT
    Oh Mike really l could not get used to Vista at all! And for the first time i got a virus also in internet explorer and as it was built into the system l could not un install and re install so l changed back to XP!
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    May 03, 2008 6:55 PM GMT
    I feel like such a nerd for saying this but have you tried OpenOffice, a free open-source replacement for Microsoft Office that is very largely compatible with Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc. It can create Excel files too. I don't think you're likely to find anything better other than Excel itself, to be honest.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    May 03, 2008 10:08 PM GMT
    Thanks for all your help. I have tried the Google one but for some reason it is not working. It may just be that the website is not loading properly. I will try again tomorrow.

    I just have dialup, so the downloads are a bit big, but I will try them if Google does not work.

    I am sure at least one of your suggestions will work. I will let you all know tomorrow.

    Thanks again.

    Mike

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    May 04, 2008 12:14 AM GMT
    Hey you could also send it to me or anyone else if you dont mind and if its not a very complicated file i can just copy the contents on a text file for you or a word document which will work with google docs and the open office.
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    May 04, 2008 3:33 AM GMT
    Active got it right with Open Office. Why anyone pays for Microsoft Office anymore, with such a fine open source program out there, is beyond me.
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    May 05, 2008 3:06 PM GMT
    i wonder if it is in Excel '07 format (.xlsx)? Then you may need an Office '07 reader
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    May 05, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
    TigerTim saidI feel like such a nerd for saying this but have you tried OpenOffice


    OpenOffice represent! Microsoft Office makes me vocally angry, but OpenOffice is like a velvety voice crooner singing you a sweet lullaby before ravaging you. Highly recommended.
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    May 05, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    Open Office will do the trick. You might want to go ahead and get MS office. It is the industry standard for business. As much as I dislike MS, it is a necessity in my work.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    May 07, 2008 1:04 AM GMT
    I used my sister's broadband connection to down load the Microsoft viewer, and I downloaded open office. They work fine. Thank you very much guys.

    I did say there was something in it for the one that came up with a solution that worked. Now I'm embarrassed as I had nothing planed icon_redface.gif If I lived near you, I would take you all out to lunch or something. You really did solve a big problem for me, and I am very grateful.

    I will at least hot list you. Maybe I will think of something else also.

    Thanks again guys.

    Mike