How to Turn an Excel Spreadsheet Into a Stand-alone Application

Written by stephen lilley
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A stand-alone application is something that does not require any one computer program to open. In the case of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, you would need your computer to have Excel installed on it in order to view its contents. That is, unless you turn it into a stand-alone application. Once you export your file to a very specific file format, it will be able to be opened on any computer running the Windows operating system.

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  1. 1

    Double-click on your Excel spreadsheet file to open Microsoft Excel on your computer. Excel will then open the spreadsheet file and display its content on-screen.

  2. 2

    Click "Office."

  3. 3

    Click "Publish."

  4. 4

    Click "Excel Services."

  5. 5

    Click "Save" to turn your Excel spreadsheet document into a stand-alone application. If someone attempts to open the file and does not have Excel installed on their computer, it will open in their Web browser.

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