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Tip 6: Using a Workbook in a Browser
Using a Workbook in a Browser
Microsoft’s Office Web Apps enable you to create, view, and edit workbooks directly in a browser.
The experience isn’t exactly the same as using the desktop version of Excel, but it’s very similar. A key
advantage is that you can access your workbooks from any location, and Excel need not be installed
on the computer you use.
This tip assumes that you have a Microsoft SkyDrive account (free) and are logged in.
You can also use SharePoint.
After creating a workbook, choose File➜Save As and choose a location on your SkyDrive. This action
saves your workbook on the cloud, and also saves a copy in your local SkyDrive folder. The two
versions are synched.
Open your web browser and navigate to skydrive.com. Locate the workbook and click it. The
workbook appears in the Excel Web App. Figure 6-1 shows a workbook displayed in the Google Chrome
browser. As you can see, it’s remarkably similar to the desktop version of Excel.
The Excel Web App is lacking some features, compared to the desktop version. For example, the
following are not supported by the Excel Web App:
➤ Data validation
➤ Shapes and other inserted objects
Some features, such as worksheet protection, prevent the workbook from being opened.
Cloud computing is a great idea, and it could be a significant part of the future of computing. But it
can also be frustrating because you’re at the mercy of your Internet provider and Microsoft. What if
you need to get some work done, and the file you need is on the cloud? The message shown in
Figure 6-2 could be frustrating.