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How to create a free spreadsheet

Updated January 25, 2018

If you need to create a spreadsheet and think you don't have a spreadsheet program, think again. Most computers come with free spreadsheet software, there are freeware spreadsheets available online and you can create web-based spreadsheets. Each option enables users to create a free spreadsheet.

Check your computer. Most systems come with free spreadsheet software pre-installed. Windows computers usually have Microsoft Works, a free office suite that includes a lightweight spreadsheet program. Microsoft Office, which includes the Excel spreadsheet program, is also pre-installed on most Windows systems. It can be loaded on a trial basis at no charge and used to create spreadsheets for a limited number of trial uses.

Download free spreadsheet software. There are a number of free spreadsheets that can be downloaded online. OpenOffice is a free office productivity suite that includes a spreadsheet program that is similar to, and largely compatible with, Excel. Or search for "free spreadsheets" to find other programs you can download.

Use Google Docs. Google also provides a free office suite of web-based programs (programs you don't have to download), and these include a spreadsheet program that is straightforward and useful, even if a bit limited in capabilities.

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David Sarokin is a well-known specialist on Internet research. He has been profiled in the "New York Times," the "Washington Post" and in numerous online publications. Based in Washington D.C., he splits his time between several research services, writing content and his work as an environmental specialist with the federal government. David is the author of Missed Information (MIT Press, 2016), a book exploring how better information can lead to a more sustainable future.