The File Extensions Database


.EXCEL File Extension

  • Category: Spreadsheet and workbook Files

What is an .EXCEL file?

.EXCEL is Microsoft Excel spreadsheet

Microsoft Excel historically uses xls and xlsx files for saved spreadsheets. In case you are looking for information about these files, you have to check the respective file type entries or check all available file types for Microsoft Excel.


How to open:

Except for Microsoft Excel, you can open spreadsheets in several other office productivity suites.

How to convert:

Excel spreadsheets can be converted to other similar formats, for example CSV or ODS format from OpenDocument based programs.

How to solve problems with EXCEL files

  • Associate the EXCEL file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any EXCEL file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.EXCEL files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the EXCEL file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .EXCEL is Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Because only the current version supports the latest EXCEL file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the manufacturer website after an available .EXCEL is Microsoft Excel spreadsheet update.
  • To make sure that your EXCEL file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.