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Freeware comparable to Excel?


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#1 Victoria

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 06:46 PM

I am taking an online class this summer and I need excel. I was wondering if there are any good freeware programs comparable to Excel. Or is excel downloadable for free? I need this program for an accounting class. Thanks!

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 08:34 PM

Yes there is if you can put up with slowness and rather serious limitations, such as no VBA language to make your own functions
http://www.openoffice.org/
Open Office is a substitute for the MS office and a lot of people really like it, so do try it.
I think it's the only free, and quite good, alternative.

Edited by tos226, 21 May 2009 - 08:35 PM.


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Posted 21 May 2009 - 08:50 PM

I actually have openoffice.org 2.2. Is it the openoffice math? I have base, calc, draw, impress, and math and writer.

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 09:42 PM

Here's a rather simple map:

OpenOffice.org Base = Microsoft Access
OpenOffice.org Calc = Microsoft Excel
OpenOffice.org Draw = Microsoft Publisher/Microsoft Visio
OpenOffice.org Impress = Microsoft Powerpoint
OpenOffice.org Math = Microsoft Equation Editor
OpenOffice.org Writer = Microsoft Word

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenOffice.org#Components

Edited by MadDawg, 21 May 2009 - 09:46 PM.

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 09:45 PM

Thanks MadDawg! You were a BIG help!

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 09:49 PM

I'm glad I could help. :thumbsup:
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Posted 22 May 2009 - 04:51 AM

Another freebie is German developer SoftMaker's Office 2006:

http://www.softmakeroffice.com/

It's been release as freeware to promote interest in the current version. I've used the version they license to Ashampoo, it worked fine for me and isn't unduly large.

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 08:21 AM

I use OO.o (you should update it to the latest version,3.0); it is very similar to Excel in look and functionality, and you can save and retrieve .xls spreadsheets easily. The only compatibility problem I have discovered is that complex macros sometimes don't translate, and you have to go in a "fix" them. As you are taking an introductory class, I don't think this would be a show-stopper.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 10:06 PM

Open Office is a great program - I recommend this to anyone who can't actually get the real programs, whterh it's Word, Excel or PowerPoint.




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