Spreadsheet Programs

Dear Computer Lady,

I got Windows 7 and I find that Microsoft Works is not there anymore. I want to do spreadsheets.

Can you help? I have some of your lessons but haven’t seen anything about that.

Thanks, Helen


Dear Helen,

There are a few options available for you to do spreadsheets on.

You can purchase Microsoft Excel. Even though Microsoft has discontinued development of Works, you can still purchase the last version online at places like Amazon. Here is an example:

You can switch to Microsoft Excel, or another spreadsheet program like WordPerfect Office. It’s a bit more expensive, but you can get the home and student version at a reasonable price.


A free option is for you to use OpenOffice at www.openoffice.org
OpenOffice includes a spreadsheet program that is similar to Microsoft Excel, only without the high price tag.


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    • sj_kac
    • September 17, 2011

    Dear Computer Lady,

    I also bought a new Windows 7 computer that did not have Microsoft Works. My old computer was a 7 year old HP Pavilion/ Windows XP notebook, which came with Microsoft Works. Fortunately the old HP computer came with the disk for Microsoft Works. I was able to install the Windows XP copy of Microsoft Works on my new Dell Windows 7 notebook and it runs perfectly. If the person who wrote for advise has the disks from her old computer they should install and work on her new Windows 7 computer.

    Ken in San Jose

  1. Elizabeth,

    I enjoy your news letter greatly and have recommended it to the members of my local computer club. In regard to the question in the subject newsletter regarding using a spreadsheet that in no longer available in MS Works, the person could also try the one provided by Google at Docs.Google.com.

    Like the use of Open Office Calc this is a FREE option but requires the connection to the Internet and a Gmail account, also FREE.

    Thanks for your great contribution to the crazy world of computing.

    “Everything can change in the blink of an eye… …don’t worry, God never blinks”


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