What is a .XLSX File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .xlsx extension, but you are not sure what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .xlsx file extension and how to open it.

What is a .XLSX file?

The .XLSX file extension comes from Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. The creator of this file extension is Microsoft. This file belongs to the zip format and it is a spreadsheet related file.

What to know

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

How to open a .XLSX file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .XLSX file on various operating systems.

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

There are 4 simple steps to open the .xlsx file on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the LibreOffice software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: OpenOffice Calc, SoftMaker Office, Gnumeric and LibreOffice.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .XLSX file

2. The second 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 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

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

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

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

How to open a .XLSX file on Mac

The .xlsx file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the LibreOffice software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Apple Numbers, OpenOffice Calc, Planamesa NeoOffice and LibreOffice.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .XLSX 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: 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. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .XLSX file on Linux

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

1. The first step is to download the LibreOffice software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use OpenOffice Calc, Gnumeric and LibreOffice software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .XLSX file

2. The second 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 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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 .XLSX file on Android

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .xlsx file on Android in simple steps.

Step 1

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

The first step is locating 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 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

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, Kingsoft WPS Office for Android, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro and Google Drive software and install it. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .XLSX file on iOS

The .xlsx 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

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Google Drive in the iOS App Store software and install it. The other software that opens the .xlsx file on iOS is Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, Google Sheets, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro and Google Drive. That’s all, now you have open your file on iOS.

How to open a .XLSX 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 .XLSX file?

If you cannot open the .XLSX file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .XLSX file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .xlt – Microsoft, .xlthtml – Microsoft, .xltm – Microsoft, .xltx – Microsoft, .xlv – Microsoft. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .XLSX 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.