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How to open and use Text/Excel files in Android?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by spman, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. spman

    spman Android Enthusiast
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    1. How to open/create an excel file (.xlsx / .xls) on Android Samsung S4 and read/edit excel file? Need to buy a Microsoft excel for android? (not sure if there is such thing)

    2. How to open/edit .txt .doc files in Android?

    Thanks
     

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  2. John Bean

    John Bean Happy Wanderer

    There are some good free apps that do what you need. I use and recommend Kingsoft Office (which I can't find on Google Play at the moment) but there are others to choose from, like Quickoffice for example :)

    Edit: it seems the name and logo of Kingsfoft Office has changed, which is why I couldn't find it. It's apparently now called WPS Mobile Office and other than the makeover appears to be the same as the one I use.

    For simple text files I generally use the editor built into the excellent free ES File Explorer - an app that I consider essential on any Android device, even those that already have some sort of file manager.
     
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  4. spman

    spman Android Enthusiast
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    John Bean, QuickOffice seems like missing, link not working.
    Besides ES File Explorer, what other apps do you think are essential apps or apps you find useful?

    Thanks.
     
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  6. John Bean

    John Bean Happy Wanderer

    Odd, works for me. It's a Google app too, so there shouldn't be any Play Store issues.

    One man's essential app is another man's useless bloat. I mentioned ES Explorer in the context of your original query since it is by far (IMO) the best app for handling files of any kind on Android and has handy built in editors and viewers plus the ability to open files in any other available app, but my other app choices are down to my usage and preferences and unlikely to match yours.

    Now if you asked about which apps I use in one of my areas of interest that's another question... but I'd have to bang on about my interests first and we'd be here all day ;-)
     
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  7. spman

    spman Android Enthusiast
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  8. John Bean

    John Bean Happy Wanderer

    Where do you live? The Play Store is region sensitive, not all apps are available everywhere.
     
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  9. spman

    spman Android Enthusiast
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    I live in Singapore.

    Seems weird to restrict an office app in different countries.
     
  10. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    There is a Microsoft Office app for Android.
     
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  11. spman

    spman Android Enthusiast
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  12. John Bean

    John Bean Happy Wanderer

    It usually means for personal (ie not business) use. The term "home use" is confusing, many people run businesses from home and lots of personal activites are away from home :)

    Did you try the Kingsoft Office app? I find it better (more complete) than the Microsoft one anyway. Google's Quickoffice isn't particularly good so you're not missing much by not having it available where you are.
     
  13. dfarrant81

    dfarrant81 Newbie

    Google office is now available on android, I think the spreadsheets app is called google sheets.
     
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