Ever come across the situation where you had to view a Word doc or Excel spreadsheet on a computer that didn’t have office? Sadly, this happens often! Personally, I’ve gone to a client location to give a presentation and the computer I ended up using didn’t have Office installed!
Great! Now what do you do? Make them install Office? Probably not a very good idea. A better option would be to use the Internet to your advantage! Luckily, there are many great online tools that let you view Office documents for free.
It’s not the best solution, but in a emergency situation where you simply don’t have any time, it’s pretty darn useful!
View Docs Online is a nifty little website that lets you view the most common types of documents in a very simple and fast way.
Here’s what you can do with View Documents Online currently:
- View your documents online using any computer that is connected to the Internet without any additional software downloads, etc.
- Share your documents via email, social networking, forums, etc.
- Convert any document into secure PDF format
Currently, the online service supports the following formats for viewing online: PDF, XLS, XLSX, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, PPS, PS, TXT, RTF, ODT, ODP, SXW, SXI, and more.
Simply click on the Browse button to choose your file and then click View Document.
Note that you can also paste in a URL that directly points to a file stored on a server, which saves you from having to download the file to your computer.
Overall, in my tests, the software was able to load up all the documents I threw at it. The only thing I noticed was that the formatting was not exactly the same as in my original documents, but I guess that it to be expected.
Another nice feature is the search box. Just start typing and it will automatically highlight all instances in the document for you with convenient Next and Previous buttons! You can also switch to Tile mode to quickly see all pages in a document.
So next time you need to view a document on a PC that does not have Office or Adobe or Open office, check out View Docs Online. Enjoy!