Free Excel Replacements

Dear Computer Lady,

We have a very old MacBookAir that must be on its last legs. It has been very good all these years, but I am anticipating needing a new computer sooner rather than later.

The only drawback is that I use a lot of databases and love excel, which I used at work. Now that we are retired, I don’t have access to excel.

What is a good product for us? We basically check our email and the internet. And I would love excel too if possible.

Thanks so much for your guidance… Susan

Dear Susan,

There are actually several replacements for Excel that you could use.

First, is LibreOffice at
LibreOffice is a full office suite. It includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database applications. You download and install LibreOffice on your computer.

Second is Google Docs at:
Google Docs does not need to be installed on your computer, instead, you can access it online from any computer. It includes word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and forms.

Another spreadsheet and database option that I just learned about is Airtable at:
Airtable can be accesed from any computer using your web browser, and apps on your phone or iPad. I have not had time to play with it much yet, but it looks like a great tool, and you can import or copy and paste from your existing spreadsheets.

There are other options available, but these are the ones that I think might work the best for you.



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