We’re going to show you how to get your hands on Microsoft Excel for free and all you’re going to need is a free Microsoft account. This is a perfectly legitimate way of accessing Excel, Microsoft just keep is fairly quiet as they would really like you to pay for the desktop version.

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How to get Microsoft Excel for Free

First of all, you’re going to need a free Microsoft account. Head over to Office.com and create an account, or log into one that you already have.

Once you’re logged into your Microsoft account on office.com you’ll find yourself presented with this screen:

Excel for Free

At the top here you can select the App you wish to use, everything from Excel, Word and Powerpoint to Outlook and Skype. These are all ‘Web Apps’ which means they’re applications that you use online rather than them being installed on your computer. When you work on a file here, it will be saved on your OneDrive account, which is Microsoft’s own cloud storage to rival Google’s OneDrive (you will also be able to download a copy to save on your computer, if you wish).

In fact, you probably have Google to thank for this software being available in Web App form, as its Google Docs and Google Sheets software made it difficult for Microsoft to keep asking users to pay when a solid free alternative was available.

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