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Details of the .excel file extension

The table below provides useful information about the .excel file extension. It answers questions such as:

  • What is the .excel file?
  • What program do I need to open a .excel file?
  • How can the .excel file be opened, edited or printed?
  • Where can I find the specifications for .excel?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .excel extension?
  • How can I convert .excel files to another format?
  • What are other, similar filename extensions to .excel?

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0 extension(s) and 1 alias(es) found in database

.xls file extension details

Microsoft Excel Worksheet

Microsoft Excel Worksheet .xls file icon
XLS file is a Microsoft Excel worksheet. Microsoft Office Excel is a spreadsheet application written and distributed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.
Category: Document files
Application: Microsoft Excel
Mime-type: application/vnd.ms-excel
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
XLS aliases:
excel, xl
XLS related links:
XLS related extensions:
Comma-Delimited ASCII File

Comma-Separated Values

ClarisWorks Document

Data Interchange Format

Microsoft Word Document

Microsoft Graph Chart

Lotus Word Pro Document

Microsoft Word for Macintosh Document

Data Interchange Format

Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation

Other types of files may also use the .excel file extension.

open .excel file

Can't open a .excel file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

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Windows cannot open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it...

If you don't know how to set the .excel file association, check the FAQ.

.excel file extension

Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. When you change a file's extension, you change the way programs on your computer read the file. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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