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by rje49 / September 21, 2018 5:57 AM PDT

When I got my Galaxy S7, I could open an Excel sheet to view. Viewing is all I need to do; I send the updated files from my desktop from time to time. I don't recall what app was originally used to open it, but after an update awhile back, it didn't work anymore. I had to install MS Excel for viewing. The problem with this is needing internet connection for it to work! Many times I have neither wireless or cell connection. So, is there an app I can use to view my own Excel files without connection? Thanks.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2018 10:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Recommendation request

Stop using Excel files and instead create PDFs since you only need to view the information.

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(NT) Really?
by rje49 / September 21, 2018 10:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Sure.
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Really, again
by rje49 / September 21, 2018 10:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Sure.

I have to stop hitting "enter"... The Excel speadsheet I need to refer to most often is over 2000 lines long. I don't have Acrobat and don't intend on paying for it. The mystery to me is what app did my phone use to simply open these files before it updated? It worked fine. Maybe if I had to pay for it, it wouldn't cost as much as Acrobat.

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I don't have Acrobat and see no need for that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2018 10:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Really, again

I can create PDF files in so many ways that I can't list them all. In Windows 10 I think there is now a native PDF "printer."

As to the mystery of the app, I can't comment since I don't know the app. Microsoft did put out a Microsoft Excel for Android but my bet is it is dependent on a network.

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I'll give it a try
by rje49 / September 21, 2018 10:25 AM PDT

I can't picture a large speadsheet on PDF, but I'll give it a try on desktop. I've never created a PDF; never a need. Nothing to lose by trying, and I can learn something.

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Something is unclear.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2018 10:35 AM PDT
In reply to: I'll give it a try

A huge document or spreadsheet is viewed a page or some smaller piece at a time. If I have my bluetooth keyboard going I can page down or cursor to where I need to be.

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by rje49 / September 21, 2018 10:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Something is unclear.

Sure, I can only view a small part of it at a time. It's just a single page that has grown over the past 15 years, so lots of scrolling is needed to get to where I want to go. Everything is obviously easier on a big desktop screen, and I wouldn't even think of creating anything using my phone.

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One of those rare times I will note an app
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2018 10:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes...
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Thanks but,
by rje49 / September 21, 2018 1:56 PM PDT

Before I try the PDF route, I was just thinking about Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Why not?

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Mostly because you wanted to avoid a data connection.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2018 2:18 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks but,

Try Docs but I think you may be back to PDF.

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OK, thanks
by rje49 / September 21, 2018 3:14 PM PDT

Not just avoid... none available. I often find myself way out of range of any cellular signal, and don't even think about wi-fi. I'll use the info you provided and take it from here. Thanks.

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by rje49 / September 21, 2018 10:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Something is unclear.

When I need to refer to my huge spreadsheet I don't need to view the whole thing; just for example, line 1689, and it's all listed in chronological order, so it's not hard to find what I want.

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by GaryMobs / September 26, 2018 7:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Recommendation request

I really can't understand how to use Excel using phone and don't get annoying everytime.
It's completely not convenient to view Excel spreadsheets using phone.

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Not only Excel
by rje49 / September 26, 2018 9:59 AM PDT
In reply to: excel

There are a whole lot of things that aren't convenient using a phone. That's why I use my phone for very few functions. There aren't too many things that can't wait until I get home to use my desktop with 24" screen. Is it any surprise screens on new phones keep getting bigger? As for viewing my Excel spreadsheet on the phone, I've settled with Google Spreadsheets. Upon closing, I save to my own device so I don't need internet or cellular connection to view. The only problem is that it always opens "at the top" - row #1 out of 2000.

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