File Extension Library

.XLW File Extension

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

What is an .XLW file?

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

.XLW is Excel Workbook

Workbook created by Microsoft Excel version 4, a spreadsheet program; stores a grid of cells in rows and columns; may contain numbers, text, charts, and formatting; similar to a .XLS file.

Excel 4 workbooks only store worksheets, chart sheets, and macro sheets. They are formatted differently than Excel Workspace files, which are saved by other versions of Excel and also use the ".xlw" extension.

List of all softwares that can open the Excel Workbook
Microsoft Excel 2016
Microsoft Excel 2016
Planamesa NeoOffice
File Type 2:

Excel Workspace File

Developer by: Microsoft Category: Misc Files Format: Binary

Workspace file saved by Microsoft Excel, a program used to create spreadsheets; contains the screen locations of one or more workbooks, as well as references to the workbook files; used to restore the layout when working simultaneously on multiple workbooks.

When XLW files are opened, Excel restores the workbooks back to their saved locations on the screen.

NOTE: XLW files do not include workbook data files. They only store the layout of the workbooks on the screen. You must have all workbook files available to reopen an XLW file properly.

List of all softwares that can open the Excel Workspace File
Microsoft Excel 2016
Microsoft Excel 2016

How to Open .XLW file on different platforms

Open .XLW File on Windows

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

Open .XLW File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .XLW 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 .XLW File on Linux

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

Open .XLW File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .XLW 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 .XLW 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 .XLW files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .XLW files

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