Use a Viewer to View It

Do you often receive MS Office files that are written for a program you don’t own?

It’s frustrating, isn’t it?

I mean, you’ve tried all the programs you do have and none of them are giving you what you need and you really need to see what’s in the file.

So, now what?

Buy the program?

Not unless you absolutely need it. They’re not exactly cheap.

Give up and never see the file?

Let’s hope not!

May I suggest using a program viewer?!

To get started, go to the Microsoft Web site (

Under Downloads and Trials, choose Download Center.

Once you’re there, enter “viewers” into the search field.

A list of available viewers is then created.

Choose the one that fits your needs and proceed with the download and installation.

Now, I feel like I need to make a distinction here. You’re downloading a viewer that does pretty much what it says it will. For most viewers, you can view, print and copy the file created in a program you do not own. No editing or saving the changes. No creating new files. You’ll have to actually buy the program for that. But this option does allow more people to share and interact with information created in various MS Office programs.

Happy viewing!

~ April