Excel Explorer

Ever wanted to make it look like you’re working in Excel but in fact you are browsing the web?  Then look no further because Spreadsheets.Pro have made Excel Explorer –  a workbook that does just that!

Click here to download the free version

This is a screenshot of Excel Explorer, showing you how to use it.  Browsing the web is really simple, there are only a few controls, and all the formatting and images are stripped out, leaving you with something looking much more businesslike:

A screenshot of Excel Explorer

The Address bar / Search bar is cell A1 (i.e. either type in the web address you want to load, or simply type in what you want to search for, press enter and the page loads).  All the images and formatting are removed, so that the page looks as plain as possible to anyone looking over your shoulder.  For links, instead of the ubiquitous blue underlined font they are identified by [square brackets] around them.  Simply click on anything with [square brackets] around it to follow a link.

The only other control is the back button, which is a simple “<” character in cell D1 on the top right.

If you’re browsing a page and decide that instead you would like to open it in your default browser (to see images etc.) then click on Sheet1 where you will see your links formatted in the normal fashion; click on a link whilst on Sheet 1 and they open in your default browser (Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox etc.).

Now this workbook is to be treated as a “novelty” – normally we’re working on professional spreadsheets for business.  With that in mind, there are a few restrictions of what this browser can do.  Obviously it shows no images (but that is part of the design), and also web pages with a lot of javascript don’t display well.  Other than the address bar, there is no way to enter text (as the text boxes don’t show up), so browsing using Excel Explorer is a much more passive experience compared to usual.  Also, the occasional bit of code or nonsense may appear within the web pages, but we find that this only adds to the “code” look of the workbook, which makes it look more like you’re doing some work, rather than just reading the sports headlines.

And obviously we don’t recommend you using this while you’re supposed to be working – but if you do, your net admin will be able to see your network traffic as they normally would.

For the first few weeks we’re letting you download Excel Explorer for free, so get yours now:

Excel Explorer (FREE VERSION)