An xls file extension is traditionally used for spreadsheets of Microsoft Excel. A spreadsheet is basically a grid of cells sorted in rows and columns. Each cell can contain text, numeric or formula data. Excel XLS spreadsheets can be opened in most other similar programs, such as Calc.

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XLS file extension - Microsoft Excel 97 to 2003 workbook

What is xls file? How to open xls files?

File type specification:

Microsoft Office file type icon Microsoft Office file type

Spreadsheet and workbook file type icon Spreadsheet and workbook file type

xls file icon: xls filetype icon

The xls file extension is associated with Microsoft Excel, one of the most popular and powerful tool you can use to create format spreadsheets, graphs and much more.

The xls files are used in Microsoft Excel 97 to 2003 for Workbooks, spreadsheet document files. The XLS is Microsoft Excel's proprietary file format for storing its documents. Microsoft Excel up until 2007 version used a proprietary binary file format called Binary Interchange File Format (BIFF) as its primary format. There are several versions of the format that have been released as it was revised over time.

The latest versions of Microsoft Office use the Open XML file format and the Excel Workbooks are stored in the xlsx Microsoft Excel 2007/2010 Open XML Workbook files.

XLS format was also adopted by other programs, such as Microsoft Works. Excel spreadsheets are also generated and exported by various programs. For example SolidWorks uses XLS format to export Bill of Materials templates.

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The default software associated to xls file type:

Microsoft Excel icon

Microsoft Corporation logo Microsoft Excel  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Excel is popular spreadsheet application distributed with Microsoft Office suite. Excel is able to calculating, contains graphing tools, pivot tables and own programming language based on Visual Basic. Excel supports charts, graphs or histograms generated from specified groups of cells. Excel also can change data between other Microsoft Office applications. Excel is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and various mobile platforms.

Microsoft Excel for Mac icon

Microsoft Corporation logo Microsoft Excel for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
  Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Excel for Mac is popular spreadsheet application used to analyze, organize and manage data and lists. It is able to create visually rich datasheets and tables with icons, data bars and color scales. Microsoft Excel for Mac is fully compatible with Microsoft Excel for Windows.

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Help how to open XLS files:

You can open the *.xls in Microsoft Excel or any other application, which can handle the format, such as, StarOffice or Ashampoo Office.

If you want only view the *.xls files, you can use Microsoft Excel Viewer, which is free to download from Microsoft's servers.

How to convert file with extension XLS:

Microsoft Office Excel also supports other spreadsheet formats. You can save the.xls file into another format with the save as function. You can probably convert the .xls in other suitable applications, which can handle the files, as well.

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List of software applications associated to the .xls file extension

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  • Open xls file
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Software that open xls file - Microsoft Excel 97 to 2003 workbook

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Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with xls file by default:
Microsoft Excel small icon Microsoft Excel
Other suggested software:
Corel Quattro Pro small icon Corel Quattro Pro

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with xls file by default:
Microsoft Excel for Mac small icon Microsoft Excel for Mac
Other suggested software:
Numbers for Mac small icon Numbers for Mac

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