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Read Excel Online

When I open the document, it opens in Read Only mode, and my only option is to Edit in Excel. There's no option to edit in browser. When I try to edit it online, I get a banner at the top saying 'Read-only: This workbook was opened in read-only mode.' What I've tried so far: Document was reshared with me, nothing changed. The readxl package makes it easy to get data out of Excel and into R. Compared to many of the existing packages (e.g. Gdata, xlsx, xlsReadWrite) readxl has no external dependencies, so it’s easy to install and use on all operating systems. However, there are times to keep that Excel workbook intact and keep the data source untouched before reading the information. Luckily, the introduction of PowerShell 5.0 made reading a lot faster. And with a community module called ImportExcel, reading Excel worksheets has become a whole lot easier.

In our day to day life we are too heavily dependent on Excel files. We create our reports, graphical charts, monthly budgets using it. But one thing that continuously annoys me is, that these excel spreadsheets can only be opened or viewed using few third party tools (like MS Office or Open Office). Windows doesn't have any stock application that can open excel files. This gives a rise to the need for online excel viewers.

Online Excel Viewers are the tools that allow you to open, read and perform some basic operations on excel files online. The best part about them is that they allow you to read your excel files just anywhere even without the need of any local excel viewers installed.

Today in this post I will enlist few online services that allow you to read excel sheets online:

1. Google Docs :

I believe most of you would have used or heard of Google docs. Google Docs also allows you to view your excel spread sheets online. All you need to do is simply visit the Google docs website, then upload the excel file that you want to read and then simply open the file. The file will be opened in your browser window.


Apart from .xls and xlsx, Google docs also supports other extensions like pdf, ppt, pptx, doc, docx, .odt, .ods, .psd and .xps.

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2. Zoho Excel Viewer :

Zoho Excel Viewer is an online excel viewer service that can help you to open, edit, save, share and convert excel files. It gives you the flexibility to open excel workbooks present on your local computer and also from a remote url or location.

Using Zoho is a piece of cake, simply choose the document that you want to open, then hit the ‘View’ button. This loads the web interface of Zoho excel viewer with your spreadsheet ready to be read or edited.

The above image shows a screenshot of Zoho Excel Viewer. This service supports xls, xlsx, csv, and .sxc formats.

3. Edit Grid Viewer :

Edit Grid Viewer is another online service that enables you to read and edit Microsoft excel spreadsheets. The web interface of this service is very much similar to Microsoft Excel itself. The best part about this service is that it allows collaborative features like multiple people can work on the same excel sheet at a time.

It supports MS Excel, OpenDocument, Gnumeric, 1.0, Lotus 1-2-3 and CSV formats. The only downside of this service is that it doesn't support the ‘.xlsx’ format, you can only view the files with ‘.xls’ extension.

Read Excel Online

4. View Docs Online :

View Docs Online is a popular online tool that only enables you to view your documents online. It does not support advanced features like document editing and formatting. It can be very useful in case you are looking for something that can quickly display your excel sheets. It also has the capability of document conversion.

View Docs Online supports all the popular document formats like Microsoft Word Document, Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet, Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation, Adobe PDF, etc.

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So, this was all about the online excel viewers.

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