How to Download Microsoft Excel for Free

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Even though Microsoft Excel is not a free program, Microsoft offers a free trial download as a part of the Microsoft Office trial downloads. A free trial of Microsoft Excel is ideal for those who wish to test drive the program before committing to buying it. The free trial lasts 60 days, so users who only need it for a short time can use it free and uninstall it afterwards.

Access the Microsoft Excel home page on your computer’s internet browser (see Resources for a link). Click “Free 60-day trial.” Click “Download Free Trial” on the following page. Click “Download Now” on the next page.

Sign in to your Windows Live account. Enter your name and country into the appropriate fields. Click “Create My Account.” Take note of the product key displayed on the next screen. Click “Download Now.”

Double-click the file you downloaded to start the installation. Click “Run” in the Windows Explorer window that appears. Click “Next’ on the Microsoft Download Manager to begin the set-up process. Enter your product key when prompted. Click “Continue.”

Select “I accept the term in the License Agreement” and click “Continue” to accept the Microsoft License Agreement. Choose “I want to activate the software over the internet” and click “Next.” Click “Finish” when the installation and activation is complete.

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