What is a .XLS File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .xls extension. You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. In this article we will explain what .xls file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .XLS file?

The file extension .XLS is from Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (Legacy).This file extension was developed by Microsoft. This file belongs to the binary format and it is a spreadsheet related file.

What to know

There are currently 12 software that can open the .xls file on 6 platforms.

How to open a .XLS file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .XLS file on various operating systems.

How to open a .XLS file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .xls file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the LibreOffice software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is OpenOffice Calc, SoftMaker Office, Gnumeric and LibreOffice.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .XLS file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the LibreOffice software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .XLS file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .xls file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the LibreOffice software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Apple Numbers, OpenOffice Calc, Planamesa NeoOffice and LibreOffice.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .XLS file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the LibreOffice software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .XLS file on Linux

The .xls file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the LibreOffice software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is OpenOffice Calc, Gnumeric and LibreOffice.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .XLS file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the LibreOffice software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .XLS file on Android

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .xls file on Android in few easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .XLS file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, Kingsoft WPS Office for Android, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro and Google Drive software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .XLS file on iOS

The .xls file can be opened on iOS.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

To open the file, you will need to download the Google Drive software. Please search for it in the iOS App Store and install it. You could also download the Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, Google Sheets, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro and Google Drive software. That’s all, now you have open your file on iOS.

How to open a .XLS file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Google Drive and Google Sheets. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .XLS file?

If you cannot open the .XLS file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .XLS file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .xlsb – Microsoft, .xlshtml – Microsoft, .xlsm – Microsoft, .xlsmhtml – Microsoft, .xlsx – Microsoft. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .XLS file with the LibreOffice, OpenOffice Calc, SoftMaker Office, Gnumeric programs on Windows, LibreOffice, Apple Numbers, OpenOffice Calc, Planamesa NeoOffice programs on Mac, LibreOffice, OpenOffice Calc, Gnumeric software on Linux, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, Kingsoft WPS Office for Android, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro, Google Drive software on Android, Google Drive, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, Google Sheets, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro software on iOS and Google Drive, Google Sheets programs in the Browser.