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

Updated February 21, 2017

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. 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. Click "Office."

  3. Click "Publish."

  4. Click "Excel Services."

  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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Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

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