Files with xl extension can be sometimes find as old or renamed Excel spreadsheets.

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

empty icon.xl - Old Amiga movie format

empty icon.xl - XBLite source code

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Software that open xl file

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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

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

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.

Updated: April 22, 2024

The default software associated to open xl file:

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:

Use Microsoft Excel to open *.xl spreadsheet files.

How to convert:

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

Find conversions from xl file:

xl to accda

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List of software applications associated to the .xl file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android 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 able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting xl files.

Software that open xl file - Microsoft Excel spreadsheet

Programs supporting the exension xl on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. 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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