File Extension Library

.XLS File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Spreadsheet Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .XLS file?

.XLS file extension is created by Microsoft. .XLS has been classified as Spreadsheet Files. The format of .XLS file is Binary.

.XLS is Excel Spreadsheet

An XLS file is a spreadsheet file created by Microsoft Excel or exported by another spreadsheet program, such as OpenOffice Calc or Apple Numbers. It contains one or more worksheets, which store and display data in a table format. XLS files may also store mathematical functions, charts, styles, and formatting.

XLS file open in Microsoft Excel 2016

A spreadsheet is used for organizing, analyzing, manipulating, and visualizing data. It consists of a table with rows and columns. The table cells may contain manually entered data or the results computed from the data of other cells.

Excel is the most widely used spreadsheet application in the world. It comes with every edition of the Microsoft Office suite and is used in home, academic, and business environments. If you work in an office environment, there is a good chance you have seen and opened an XLS file.

NOTE: XLS files are saved in the Excel Binary File Format, which was the primary format until the Office Open XML format was introduced with Excel 2007. Most Excel files are now saved in the Office Open XML format, with an .XLSX file extension. However, Microsoft Excel an many other spreadsheet programs still support the older XLS format.

Common XLS Filenames

Workbook1.xls - The default filename Microsoft Excel gives to new spreadsheets prior to Excel 2007, which creates new spreadsheets with the Workbook1.xlsx filename.

List of all softwares that can open the Excel Spreadsheet
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Excel 2016
Corel Quattro Pro X9
Apache OpenOffice
Kingsoft Spreadsheets
Nuance OmniPage Ultimate
SoftMaker Office
Microsoft Excel 2016
Apple Numbers
Apache OpenOffice
Planamesa NeoOffice
Apache OpenOffice
Microsoft Excel
Apple Numbers
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
Infraware Polaris Office
Google Drive
Microsoft Excel
Kingsoft WPS Office for Android
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
Google Drive
SoftMaker Office: PlanMaker Mobile
Google Drive

How to Open .XLS file on different platforms

Open .XLS File on Windows

  • Right-click a .XLS
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .XLS file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .XLS files" Press "Ok"

Open .XLS File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .XLS file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .XLS File on Linux

Right click on the .XLS file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .XLS File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .XLS file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .XLS File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .XLS files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .XLS files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .XLS files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .XLS file format
  2. You need to check the .XLS file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)