Opening XLS files Without Shelling Out for MS Office
April 28, 2014 7:35 PM Subscribe
Please help me figure out why I am having such a dickens of a problem with Excel files. I receive weekly Excel files for a freelance gig. When I was working at a job with access to MS Office, I was able to open everything up. Now that I have left that job, I have had not much luck opening these using free alternatives such as OpenOffice, LibreOffice or MS Excel Viewer. Sometimes they do; most of the time, they don't.
posted by computech_apolloniajames to Computers & Internet (11 answers total)
In recent months, I have been opening these files on my iPhone, which works, but is not always satisfactory, from a screen size aspect. (I do not need to work on or edit these files, just read them for a schedule.) Perplexingly enough, even MS Excel Viewer does not open the majority of these files. I just get the pop-up box that it "cannot open files of this type." All files are indicated as MS Excel 97-2003 with the xls extension.
(My dear, very patient BF, who is far more proficient in computer issues, cannot figure out what is going on, either.)
Less than 1-year-old desktop running Windows 8 (not yet upgraded to 8.1).
I would really, really prefer to not spend money on MS Office.