The Excel 97/2000 Viewer lets users view and print Excel 97 and Excel 2000 spreadsheet files, in addition to other Excel for Windows® (versions 2.0 and greater) and Excel for the Macintosh® (versions 2.2a and greater) spreadsheet files. This small, freely distributable viewer gives users the flexibility to view page layout, copy and control cell sizes, and access the zoom and AutoFilter features. This viewer also supports OLE DocObject, as well as the ability to view any Excel file.
Note: This viewer may open some spreadsheet files created with later versions of Excel. However, not all features of Excel 2002 and later versions are supported, so we do not recommend using the Excel 97/2000 Viewer with these files.
Note: The Excel 97/2000 Viewer is recommended for use with a stand-alone computer that does not have Excel installed. It is not suitable for use on a server.
The Excel 97/2000 Viewer is built to automatically configure itself as a Helper Application for Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer (it can also be manually configured as a Helper Application for other browsing tools). This allows users to automatically view Excel spreadsheets (.xls) that are linked to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) pages on a local area network (LAN) or the Internet.