Merced Community College
Student Help Desk



How do I open Microsoft® Office Documents if I do not have Microsoft Office?


There are three options:


1. Download a Free Office solution from: (choose "I want to download...)

It's free!


2. Buy Microsoft Office Professional from the foundation for California community colleges.

It's $39.99 Buy Software  


3. You can download the viewers from Microsoft for three popular Microsoft Office programs.

It is free!




Note: If you have an expired trial version of Microsoft Office, you need to uninstall it so that the viewers work properly. Otherwise, the file association will not work.

If you do not want the viewers, you can buy Microsoft Office at a student discount price through FCCC.

Related Resource:

There is a "bug" when trying to open MS office documents in Blackboard CE6 and when using IE simultaneously.

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How do I open Microsoft® PowerPoint presentations if I have a MAC and I do not have Microsoft Office?

Click here if you already have Office 2003 and are trying to open a Office 2007 document


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