How to download Excel for free (and the best alternatives)

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The following Excel Microsoft is one of the most popular in the world, although not all users have it on their computer due to its cost. In this article, we will focus on one of your applications, Excel. THE Microsoft spreadsheets they are simple, intuitive and also have relevant updates that provide users with new functions to help them in their businesses.


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The best option of all, the free one, is the simplest, as it consists of using it in the online version. By entering this website and by registering with an email, you can start using it. It's true that not paying for the program mimics the available features a bit, but it might still be worth it.



If you want to know what the benefits of the paid version are, you can download Excel for free and try it for a month at no cost. Once the trial period is over, you need to decide whether you want to buy it or go back to the online version. The paid versions are different: 

  • Office 365 Hogar: you can have it for 10 euros a month or save 17% with the annual payment of 99 euros.
  • Office 365 Personal: if you only use it, you pay from 69 euros a year or 7 euros a month.
  • Office Home and Students 2016 per PC. For individual users with the basic applications of the Office package. For 149 euros.
  • Office Home and Students 2016 per Mac. For individual users with the basic applications of the Office package. For 149 euros.

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If these options don't convince you, you can try these four alternatives that we explain below. 




LibreOffice Calc

LibreOffice was born in 2010 as a result of the fragmentation of the OpenOffice developer community. Gradually it increased the positions in the ranking of open source office programs. 

Calc, the LibreOffice spreadsheet, allows you, among other things, to create your own predefined templates. In addition, other functions such as the scenario manager that carries out a hypothetical analysis or the solver that solves optimization problems between the different cells. One of the novelties of the latest version, for example, is the possibility to export the selection of a range of cells in JPG or PNG format. 

OpenOffice Calc

Since we are talking about LibreOffice you can also try the Calc version of OpenOffice. While the pace of updates isn't as fast as LibreOffice, it's still a good alternative. CALC is the spreadsheet program you've always wanted.


New users will find it intuitive and easy to learn, while professional data mining and complex calculators will appreciate the wide range of advanced features. It has predefined formulas that are activated in normal language such as “cost” or “sales”, but it also allows for the collaborative work of different users. 

Google Sheets

The Google Docs office suite is one of the best known and most complete. In addition to being free, it is online, which greatly facilitates its use from different devices and with multiple users. Obviously, being online isn't possible sometimes, they haven't developed as many apps as the rest. 


Despite this you have other advantages as it is as easy to use as it is to have un account Gmail and you already have it available. 



Calligra Sheets – Calligra fogli

Calligra it is compatible with Windows, macOS, Lunix, FreeBSD and the rest of the open source office applications. In this tool there are applications for diagrams, vector graphics and presentations, but the one that interests us most in this article is the application of spreadsheets. 


Calligra Sheets has predefined templates with the most common use cases: budgets, invoices, holiday lists. On the other hand, its list of formulas speeds up mathematical or scientific work. Furthermore, it allows you to take advantage of the rest of Calligra's office functions, such as mind maps, flowcharts, etc. 


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Further Reading:

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