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Viewing Office documents in Linux

By DerickBrownridge ·
I want to experiment in converting my network over to linux but I have some documentats in word ans excel format that I need to view in linux. What do i need to do to make it possible?

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Star Office

by James R Linn In reply to Viewing Office documents ...

Get a copy from Sun. Its an equivalent office suite to Office XP. It is no longer free but the cost is moderate.

Or convert them to a PDF, if you really just want to view them as opposed to edit them.


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by VNCoder In reply to Star Office

Try OpenOffice (
It's basically the same as StarOffice with the price tag and few extras. StarOffice came from OpenOffice.
OpenOffice can read most MSOffice docs (including .doc, .xls, .ppt).

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Another solution

by johnj In reply to OpenOffice

I've used both StarOffice 5.2 and OpenOffice with good results. I have sometimes run into formatting and font problems when opening or editing using either app.
An outfit called CrossOver Office has an emulator (using WINE) that runs MS Office 97 or 2K within Linux. It costs $54 or so and works reasonably well for Word and Excel. You need a quick Linux box to run it, however. Go to for details.

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