Free for Excel! It was the dream for all and now it’s real
For years, the only way to use for free microsoft Excel was to download it and use a “hack” serial key. Very risky technique especially in accordance with the law. Now, this “technique” is difficult to use because the new version of Office is better secured.
But today, you can open, edit and save your Excel documents (an Office document as well) without installing Microsoft Office on your computer.
HOW TO GET EXCEL FOR FREE?
In fact, with the Cloud technology, it is easier to use Office applications from a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, …) rather than install it on your computer. On the one hand it takes up less space on your computer and most importantly, the updates are made automatically.
By connecting to the address www.office.com , you arrive on the following home page
Then, you click on Connect and you must enter your hotmail address (or msn), which gives you access to your Microsoft account.
There, you should see your name at the top of the page. This way you know that all documents that you create are stored in your personal space OneDrive.
You can now click on the icon Excel to open a new document or a document from a template, or one of your saved in your document directory OneDrive
In this screenshot, you have a new workbook of Excel but in a browse
There are fewer menus in the Online version compare to a stand-alone version of Excel but it doesn’t matter because 90% of commonly used features are present in Excel Online
- Setting number format
- The border tracing
- The fill handle
- Fill series
- Filtered (only with a table)
- The charts
- The most useful keyboard shortcuts
- 458 Excel 2013 features are available and even hidden function DATEDIF is present (and always hidden )
Tool not available
A large number of tools with Excel are not (yet) present in the Online version. But, if you create a workbook from a desktop version, these tools are all editable on the Online version. This is the case for
So if you create a PivotTable in an Excel stand-alone, you can view and edit it in your Online version but not create it.
On the other hand, macros are completely out of Excel Online.
Some tools are only present in the Online version. This is the case of the Survey. Now, you can easily create a survey, send if to your user and collect the result in the same workbook.
But it is especially on collaborative work that Office Excel makes sense.