Online document viewer – view documents online without installing software

It’s a common situation where you sometime have a document (Word documents, excel spreadsheets, powerpoint presentations etc…) transported to another location (computer) only to find out that this computer is not equipped with the appropriate software to view it. Sadly this happened to me several times, and it ended up in either having to install the software, or else multiple trips to convert the document to a readable format. This can be both costly and time consuming!

Luckily, now you can use the Internet to help you in those emergency situations (where you absolutely cant do otherwise!

http://www.viewdocsonline.com/ is a cool site that lets you view some of the most common types of files that are handled in offices on a daily basis. Currently, the online service supports the following formats for viewing online: PDF, XLS, XLSX, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, PPS, PS, TXT, RTF, ODT, ODP, SXW, SXI, and more.

You can upload the document to the web site, and it will convert it for easy reading (but not perfect). Alternatively, if the file is hosted on a server somewhere, you can also paste in the URL that directly points to a file, which saves you from having to download the file to your computer.

too bad this site was not created earlier (like 5 years ago!) it would have saved me so much time and useless trips between offices and clients.

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