Installing and Purchasing Microsoft Office
If you have not already purchased and installed Microsoft Office (which includes Excel), then you have
a few choices to make on how to obtain access to Excel.
Trying Out Microsoft Excel and Office
If you don't need to have a full version of Microsoft Excel at this very moment,
then I would recommend downloading the trial version of Office. Microsoft Office includes
Excel and this trial is perfect for following along with Tizag's Excel Tutorial. Microsoft Office can be quite
expensive, so it would be best to only purchase it if you are certain that
you need it.
Microsoft's Trial is Available
from their website. The current trial offer is for Office 2003, which is a 60-day trial.
Which Version of Office?
Depending on your needs, you may be able to purchase a barebones version of Office and save
a few bucks. I have had family members who only need Microsoft Word and Excel and were
able to find a package deal for these two programs for a fraction of the price of buying
a the complete Office suite.
Although 2003 is the most current version of Office when this article was written, if a newer
version is is out you should purchase that.
Microsoft also allows you to purchase Excel directly from their
Once you have purchased or downloaded the trial, simply insert the CD (if you bought one) and
follow the on screen instructions. If you downloaded the trial then start the installation process
by double-clicking the file and following the onscreen instructions. If you
have any problems while installing you can Contact Microsoft's Support.
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