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With the free Microsoft Word Viewer 97/2000, if you do not have Word you can open and view Word documents within your browser.
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With the free Excel Viewer 2003 you can open, view, and print Excel workbooks, even if you don't have Excel installed. You can also copy data from Excel Viewer 2003 to another program.
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