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Free Excel Compatible Spreadsheets and Spreadsheet Viewers

Sometimes corrupt Excel files will open in other spreadsheets or spreadsheet viewers. In addition to Open Office, please see other free Office Suites on my page devoted to that. There should be 3 more. For the viewers, it's a long process, but the software should allow copying cells, which can then be pasted into a new spreadsheet in Excel proper.

Name - Bytescout XLS Viewer

Bytescout XLS Viewer screenshot (click to enlarge)

Download URL - http://bytescout.com/files/XLSViewer.exe

Developer - ByteScout


File Size - 484.32 KB

Developer Provided Description - "Bytescout XLS Viewer is able to open, view and print XLS, XLSX files (Excel documents), ODS (Open Office) without Microsoft Office of Microsoft Excel installed. Also supports export into HTML format (.html)."

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Name - Free Editor


Download URL - http://www.freeeditor.com/setup_freeeditor.exe

Developer - Grapefruit Software, LLC

OS - Windows All

File Size - 34.80 MB

Developer Provided Description - "Free Editor is a free piece of software which will allow you to open and edit many different types of files on Windows PC's.

It supports most document formats such as .docx, .doc, .epub, .odt, .xls, .xlsx and many more. It includes high performance features like a spell checker, printing capabilities as well as power editing features like hex and resource editors."

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Name - Free Opener


Download URL - http://dl8.iq8download.com/lm/

Developer - EZ Freeware, LLC


File Size - 1.57 MB

Developer Provided Description - "Free Opener allows users to view, edit and print many different types of files without having to download specialty software. Currently, the software supports over 80 different file formats including Microsoft® Office Files (.doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, .msg, .vcf), Adobe® Files (.swf, .flv, .psd, .pdf) and many others."

Comments - None Yet

- Open Office

Screenshot of the software in action.

Download URL - OpenOffice

Developer - Sun Microsystem

OS - Windows 98/ME/2000(Service Pack 2 or higher)/XP/2003, Solaris 8 OS or higher, Linux kernel version 2.2.13 or higher, glibc2 version 2.2.0 or higher

File Size - Windows: 75 MB | Windows JRE: 90 MB | Linux: 102 MB | Solaris (S): 104 MB | Solaris (X86): 95 MB

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - FAT16/32/NTFS, EXT2, EXT3

Developer Provided Description - "OpenOffice.org is both an open-source application and project. It is free. The product is a multi-platform office productivity suite fully compatible with all major file formats."

Comment - The first trick I learned for corrupt file recovery is to try to open a Microsoft Excel file in the corresponding Open Office program and in other Office suites.

Name - Excel Viewer 2003

Screenshot of the software in action.

Download URL - Excel Viewer 2003

Developer - Microsoft

OS - Windows 2000 Service Pack 4; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP

File Size - 10177 KB

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - MS Excel 97 to 2003

Developer Provided Description - "With Excel Viewer 2003, you can open, view, and print Excel workbooks, even if you don't have Excel installed. You can also copy data from Excel Viewer 2003 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."

Comment - Occasionally when you can't open Excel files, they will open in the viewer too.

- Columbus Viewer

Screenshot of the software in action.

Download URL - Columbus

Developer - Oasys

OS - Windows2000/XP

File Size - 38MB

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - Microsoft Office XP, AutoCAD 2004/2005/2006, Microstation V8 and Hewlett Packard HPGL/2

Developer Provided Description - Columbus is a combined navigator and viewer that allows you to organize and view data in a more structured way. Columbus combines two powerful viewing engines, supporting over 300 file formats, including Microsoft Office XP, AutoCAD 2004/2005/2006, Microstation V8 and Hewlett Packard HPGL/2. Logically related files and folders can be gathered under one heading even though they are spread across multiple folders and servers around the office or globe*. This makes it easy to view, edit, redline, issue and print data regardless of the document type or where it resides.

Comment - Also try the free Personal Version of the Columbus Viewer. Be sure to try to view it by right clicking on the file and choosing "view," rather than double clicking on the file as this will simply open the normal application associated with the file rather than the Columbus Native Viewer.