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The Microsoft Excel Viewer is a small, freely redistributable program that lets you view and print Microsoft Excel spreadsheets if you don’t have Excel installed. In addition, the Excel Viewer can open workbooks that were created in Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh.
The Excel Viewer can open the latest version of Excel workbooks, but it will not display newer features.
The Microsoft Excel Viewer is the latest version of the viewer. It can read the file formats of all versions of Excel, and it replaces the Microsoft Excel Viewer 2003. For more information about opening a workbook, viewing a worksheet, working with data, and printing by using the Excel Viewer, see the following Help file:
View workbooks by using Excel Viewer
Other options for free viewing of Excel workbooks
How to obtain the Excel ViewerThe Excel Viewer is available for download from the following Microsoft website:
Microsoft also recommends installing the latest updates including: Excel Viewer 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) to obtain the latest improvements to the Excel Viewer. To download the Excel Viewer 2007 Service Pack 2, click the following link.
For more information about what is fixed by Excel Viewer 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2), see the following KB article:
Description of the Excel Viewer 2007 Service Pack 2: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953336
The file name of the Excel Viewer is xlview.exe. The default folder location for the Excel Viewer on a 32-bit operating system is c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\. The default folder location for the Excel Viewer on a 64-bit operating system is c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\.
Note If you already have a full version of Microsoft Excel installed on your computer, do not install Microsoft Excel Viewer in the same directory. Doing this causes file conflicts.
File formats supportedThe Excel file formats supported are .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb, .xltx, .xltm, .xls, .xlt, .xlm, and .xlw. Macro-enabled files can be opened (.xlsm, .xltm, and .xlm), but the macros do not run.
Known issues with newer versions of Excel workbooks and the Excel ViewerEven though the Excel Viewer can read the latest Excel workbooks, the following new features are not visible or are displayed differently in the Excel Viewer.
Article ID: 273711 - Last Review: February 25, 2015 - Revision: 11.2