Note The Microsoft Excel 97/2000 Viewer is recommended for use with a stand-alone computer that does not have Microsoft Excel installed. This product allows the user to open and view Excel 97 and Excel 2000 spreadsheet files. The viewer is not suitable for use on a server.
The Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer allows users to view and print Excel 97 and Excel 2000 spreadsheet files, in addition to other Excel for Windows® (versions 2.0 and greater) and Excel for the Macintosh® (versions 2.2a and greater) spreadsheet files. This small, freely distributable viewer gives users the flexibility to view page layout, copy and control cell sizes, and access the zoom and AutoFilter features. This viewer also supports OLE DocObject as well as the ability to view any Excel file.
Note While this viewer is called the Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer (and is referred to by this name throughout this page), it is important to understand that you are not limited to only viewing Excel 97 spreadsheets.
Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer is built to automatically configure itself as a
Helper Application for Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer (it can
also be manually configured as a Helper Application for other browsing
tools). This allows users to automatically view Microsoft Excel
spreadsheets (.xls) that are linked to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
pages on a local area network (LAN) or the World Wide Web.
Users should copy and distribute Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer to friends and
coworkers, or post it onto public electronic bulletin boards, LANs, and
Internet sites. This way individuals without Microsoft Excel will have a
utility that allows them to view Excel spreadsheets.
If you would like to add a reference to Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer at a
World Wide Web site, please add a hyperlink to this download page. This
will ensure that anyone who obtains the viewer from that Web site will
have access to the latest version of the viewer, and up-to-date
information about it. Or you can have them download it from your site
directly. Once you've downloaded Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer onto your Internet
server, create a link on your Web page.
To obtain Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer by mail, call the Microsoft Order Desk
at (800) 360-7561. The part number for Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer is
643-00001. (Please note that there is a
nominal shipping and handling charge for the product.) If you are outside
the United States, contact the Microsoft subsidiary for your area. To
locate your subsidiary, call Microsoft International Customer Service at
- A personal computer with a 486 or higher processor
- Microsoft Windows 95 operating system or Microsoft Windows NT®
Workstation operating system, version 3.51 or later
- 8 MB of memory for Windows 95 and 16 MB of memory for Windows NT
- 7 MB of hard disk space (9 MB free for installation only)
- VGA or higher-resolution video adapter
- Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device