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* Excel 97/2000 Viewer: Spreadsheet Files

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 (425) 936-8661.

System Requirements

  • 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 Workstation
  • 7 MB of hard disk space (9 MB free for installation only)
  • VGA or higher-resolution video adapter
  • Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
* Total Download Size = 3813 kb
* Total Download Time = 23 mins @ 28.8k
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To install this download:

  1. You may want to print this page to use as a reference when you are offline.
  2. Download the file from Tools on the Web by clicking Download Now! at the top left of this page and following the instructions in the dialog boxes.
  3. Double-click the Xlviewer.exe program file on your hard disk to start the setup program. If you received Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer on floppy disks, run the setup.exe program on Disk 1.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.

    Note If you already have a full version of Microsoft Excel installed on your computer, DO NOT install Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer in the same directory. Doing so will cause file conflicts. The default folder location in the installer is c:\Program Files\Xlview.

Instructions for use:

To run Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer, do one of the following:
  • On the Start menu, point to Programs and then click Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer.
  • From the desktop, locate and double-click the Xlview.exe program file. By default this file is located in the c:\Program Files\Xlview folder.

For more information on using Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer, click Contents on the Help menu in Microsoft Excel 97 Viewer.

To remove this download:

  1. On the Start menu, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  3. In the Install/Uninstall list, select Microsoft Excel Viewer 97, and then click Add/Remove.
  4. Click Remove All.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Click Finish to complete and exit the installer.

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