Free Spreadsheet Programs

  1. 5 Best Alternatives to Microsoft Excel
  2. Kingsoft Spreadsheets
  3. What do we like?
  4. What we don’t like
  5. Open Office Calc
  6. What do we like?
  7. What we don’t like
  8. Gnumeric
  9. What do we like?
  10. What we don’t like
  11. Spread32
  12. What do we like?
  13. What we don’t like
  14. Accel Spreadsheet
  15. What do we like?
  16. What we don’t like

5 Best Alternatives to Microsoft Excel

There are quite a few free spreadsheet programs that give you the power of Microsoft Excel without the hefty price tag. In fact, there’s a great chance you’ll like one of these free programs.

These free spreadsheet programs have all the spreadsheet features you’re used to, plus some excellent features like Excel file compatibility, clean interfaces, automatic spell checking, macro creation, and autosave.

Kingsoft Spreadsheets

What do we like?

  • Cross platform.

  • Works on iOS and Android mobile devices.

  • Small installation size.

  • Simple interface

What we don’t like

  • Missing more advanced functions in Excel.

  • Only the paid version has the full feature set.

Kingsoft Spreadsheet is the best free spreadsheet program for several reasons – its beautiful, intuitive interface is very easy to use and supports a large number of features.

It can work with the same file types as almost all versions of Microsoft Excel, such as XLSX, XLS, and CSV formats. Not only can you open these common file types, but you can also save them back, which is not always possible with a free spreadsheet program.

This free spreadsheet software also supports more than 100 data formulas and has many more features that you would expect in a spreadsheet program.

The two things I don’t like is that there is no automatic spell checker and you have to download the entire Kingsoft Office suite even if you only want to install the spreadsheet part but not the word processor or presentation software.

Read our Kingsoft spreadsheet review

Open Office Calc

What do we like?

  • Works with most spreadsheet formats.

  • Additional extensions and templates are available.

What we don’t like

  • The help section is not very extensive.

  • Too simplified interface.

  • You need to download the full Open Office package.

OpenOffice Calc has many of the same features as Kingsoft spreadsheets, including support for common file formats. However, using it is not so easy.

However, it has its own unique advantages, such as support for macro creation and automatic spell checking.

In addition, OpenOffice Calc allows you to separate the various toolboxes from the main program window to give you more workspace while still providing access to many useful functions.

extension manager allows you to add features to OpenOffice Calc that are not included in the program by default, and this is another way to customize the program to your liking.

Read our review of OpenOffice Calc


What do we like?

  • Simple, user-friendly interface.

  • Fast and responsive.

  • Free to download and use.

  • Very accurate calculations.

What we don’t like

  • Does not include all functions available in Excel.

  • Charts and graphs lack style.

Gnumeric is a fairly advanced spreadsheet program. There are many tools that you will not find in other programs on this list.

While it has advanced unique features like auto-save workbooks, it also has all the usual, generic features you’d expect in a spreadsheet program.

MS Excel 2003 and 2007 formats are supported and data can be imported from a text file and then filtered in Gnumeric.

Another thing I like is that there is a very detailed online guide that you can use if you need help with any of the tools or options.

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What do we like?

  • Free to download and use.

  • Hundreds of functions.

  • Can store a lot of data.

What we don’t like

  • Only available for Windows.

  • Cannot open excel files.

Like all of these spreadsheet programs, Spread32 supports hundreds of functions and all the usual formatting tools, but the program’s interface is still very easy to use and provides a clean workspace.

The files can be saved back to your computer in various formats such as XLS, XLT, PXT, CSV and BMP.

Spread32 is completely portable, meaning you don’t need to install it to use it, and it can be run from portable media such as a flash drive. It takes up much less space than any of the other programs on this list, at just under a few megabytes.

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Accel Spreadsheet

What do we like?

  • Fast download and installation.

  • An efficient formula for finding utilities.

  • Easy connection of data sources.

What we don’t like

  • Automatically installs additional utilities.

  • Messy toolbars.

  • Supports limited file formats.

Accel Spreadsheet doesn’t look as good as the other programs on this list, but it’s still a working spreadsheet program that can do many of the same things.

Your files can be saved in formats like XLS and CSV, as well as some Accel-specific ones like VTS and ATP.

Accel Spreadsheets can connect to external database files and even supports opening files directly from Dropbox and other online storage services.

A portable version of the Accel Spreadsheets software is also available.

Read our Accel Spreadsheet Review

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