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New Oh, it probably can be
But it's almost certainly not worth the effort. It never is. If you can do your Excel shee in LibreOffice, you can almost certainly do it in the Excel web app.

But I'm a big believer in not second-guessing the brief. Baz wants to run Excel. The question was about doing Excel stuff and he even literally said "I have to make sure the software matches the creator of this spreadsheet or at least get to a later version".

There's risk associated with going off-piste with something like LibreOffice if, at some point in the future, the sheet breaks or produces the wrong result. If wor Bazza has done all the work in Excel, he can simply go ūü§∑‚Äć‚ôāÔłŹ. If he's used LibreOffice, then the fickle finger of blame can be pointed at him.

Also, LibreOffice is fucking awful to use. It's like being teleported back to 1995.
New Yeah, you're right about the blamage-potential, but wrong about...
...the "fucking awful to use". When it comes to computer GUIs, I'd love to be teleported back to 1995... Or, OK, say somewhere around 2000-2005. Just before the fucking "Ribbon", as far as Microsoft, specifically, is concerned.
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   Christian R. Conrad
The Man Who Apparently Still Knows Fucking Everything


Mail: Same username as at the top left of this post, at iki.fi
New Spin up a VM, install Windows XP and Office XP, and see how you like it
If you do, bully for you! Also, sucks to be you, because that world is gone.
New Don't have to, I'll just boot up my old Thinkpad T510.
Windows 7 and Office... Uh, can't recall, whatever was current in ~2011, I suppose. (Unfortunately that already had the fucking Ribbon, IIRC.) Even W7 could be persuaded to present almost exactly the good old W95/NT4/W2K interface, so mine of course does.

As for "sucks to be you, because that world is gone" -- I'm not so sure. AIUI at least KDE, and possibly a few other Linux DEs, can be set up to look reasonably sane. And worst case, Haiku, ReactOS, Serenity... Or, hey, I hear OS/2 and Amiga are still around in some form! :-) (Though UI-wise that would probably be ReactOS, Serenity, and OS/2 for me; maybe less so Haiku and Amiga.)
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   Christian R. Conrad
The Man Who Apparently Still Knows Fucking Everything


Mail: Same username as at the top left of this post, at iki.fi
New Hang on…
…are you saying that this is the Year Of Linux On The Desktop?
New And if it is ...
If the only reason to run Linux is because you can still make it look like Windows 95, I guess you can call that "winning".
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Drew
New Of course. Aren't they all?
Just saying, if that's how far I'll have to go, then that's how far I'll go.
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   Christian R. Conrad
The Man Who Apparently Still Knows Fucking Everything


Mail: Same username as at the top left of this post, at iki.fi
New Fortunately, ArcaOS . . .
. . still looks just like OS/2 by default.
     I have to get a new box to run Microsoft Excel - (crazy) - (15)
         8GB, SSD, AMD APU - (pwhysall) - (1)
             Ditto on checking online Excel -NT - (malraux)
         Tiny form factor PCs might have heat issues. - (Another Scott) - (1)
             Not a thing - (pwhysall)
         If you have a Mac - Microsoft Excel 2021 for Mac. -NT - (a6l6e6x)
         Have you checked that it can't be edited in LibreOffice (or similar)? - (CRConrad) - (8)
             Oh, it probably can be - (pwhysall) - (7)
                 Yeah, you're right about the blamage-potential, but wrong about... - (CRConrad) - (6)
                     Spin up a VM, install Windows XP and Office XP, and see how you like it - (pwhysall) - (5)
                         Don't have to, I'll just boot up my old Thinkpad T510. - (CRConrad) - (4)
                             Hang on‚Ķ - (pwhysall) - (2)
                                 And if it is ... - (drook)
                                 Of course. Aren't they all? - (CRConrad)
                             Fortunately, ArcaOS . . . - (Andrew Grygus)
         I dodged the bullet - (crazy)

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