An xl file extension is related to the Microsoft Excel a spreadsheet editing software. An xl file stores spreadsheet.

There are 2 other file types using
the XL file extension!

empty icon.xl - Old Amiga movie format

empty icon.xl - XBLite source code file

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Software that works with xl file extension

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XL file extension - Microsoft Excel spreadsheet

What is xl file? How to open xl files?

File type specification:

Microsoft Office file type icon Microsoft Office file type

Spreadsheet and workbook file type icon Spreadsheet and workbook file type

xl file icon: xl filetype icon

The xl 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 xl files were used by some earlier versions of Microsoft Excel for spreadsheet files.

The default file extensions, that are used by Microsoft Excel, are xls or since Microsoft Office 2007 the xlsx.

MIME types:

This xl file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

The default software associated to xl file type:

Microsoft Excel icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Excel  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

A popular spreadsheet application distributed with Microsoft Office suite, Excel is offers 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. It is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X (macOS) and various mobile platforms.

Microsoft Excel for Mac icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft 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.

Help how to open XL files:

Use Microsoft Excel to open *.xl spreadsheet files.

How to convert file with extension XL:

Microsoft Excel, or compatible tools are able to export *.xl files to other formats.

List of software applications associated to the .xl file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open xl file, edit xl file, convert xl file, view xl file, play xl file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is ableto perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting xl files.

  • Open xl file
  • Edit xl file
  • Create xl file
  • Others xl file

Software that open xl file - Microsoft Excel spreadsheet

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open xl file action.

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Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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