The File Extensions Database


.XCEL File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft Corporation
  • Category: Spreadsheet and workbook Files

What is an .XCEL file?

.XCEL is Microsoft Excel for Mac spreadsheet

The xcel 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 .xcel files were used in older versions of Microsoft Excel for Mac for spreadsheet files.

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

This xcel 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.


How to open:

Use Excel for Mac to open *.xcel files.

How to convert:

Excel is capable to export *.xcel files to other formats.

How to solve problems with XCEL files

  • Associate the XCEL file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any XCEL file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.XCEL files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the XCEL 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 .XCEL is Microsoft Excel for Mac spreadsheet. Because only the current version supports the latest XCEL file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft Corporation manufacturer website after an available .XCEL is Microsoft Excel for Mac spreadsheet update.
  • To make sure that your XCEL file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.