Other than OpenOffice, can you suggest a light free viewer for Excel files?
Quick Look can be set to allow copying of text. Launch Terminal and type the following command:
defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool true
Then restart the Finder with the following command:
After selecting use the keyboard ⌘+C to copy.Read more at Cult of Mac
Selecting text seems to be disabled in OS X 10.11. But this Terminal hack works in many versions prior to 10.11.
I myself use OS X's Quick Look. I think it's good enough.
Just select your xls (or xlsx) file and do one of the following:
- press Space
- press ⌘ Y
- right click and choose Quick Look
and the file will be viewable in a separate window. Press Space again to close.
Quick Look can also be opened in full screen by pressing ⌥ Space or ⌥ ⌘ Y in the Finder. Press Esc to exit full screen.
This answer is just to provide an update as of March 2016
Microsoft Office Online will allow you to not just view, but create, edit, and save Excel documents without having the software installed.
For a complete list of features available for Excel Online, check out the page on support.office.com page
Apple Numbers can be used to view Excel spreadsheet files. Numbers is available for macOS, iOS and web. Numbers which was previously a paid app is now available free of cost. Numbers web app can be used on compatible browsers even on a Windows and Linux computer.