Someone emailed me an MS Office attachment, now what?
First, contact the person who sent this to you and inform them that
it is not polite to send proprietary nonstandard formats to others
unless the organization has chosen that format as a standard and you are a part of
that organization. They may find MS Office to be the end of the rainbow.
Others find it to be the end of something else .
There are a plethora of formats to choose from that are ubiquitous,
standard, and non-proprietary, e.g., ascii, ps, pdf, and rtf.
In the meantime, you have this file and have chosen to work with it.
See Someone emailed me an attachment, now what?
and detach the file from the email message.
Now find a PC that has MS Office and a web browser installed; like
one in the PC labs located on campus.
- Open the web browser and enter the following URL, substituting your
login on math for
- When queried, enter your password.
- Once connected, you will see a listing of the files located in
your home directory. Select the MS Office document you wish to work
- If the PC has been configured to do so, the document will
automatically open up in MS Office. If not, you will be asked whether
you would like to save the file. Save the file.
- Start MS Office and open the file using
file -> open
Note: Once the file has been detached from the email message you can use
any of many additional methods of acquiring the file from the server,
such as scp, ftp, rcp, etc. The preferred method is
The above instructions assume a least common multiple.