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XLS File Extension

XLS file extension is created by Microsoft, also known as Excel Spreadsheet. XLS has been classified as Common File Types. This File type categories under Zip, Text, Binary and XML, however, the format of this file format has not been determined yet. You can open XLS files in OpenOffice Calc program.



Excel Spreadsheet File Type

Excel Spreadsheet File Type
Extension .xls
Developer Microsoft
Popularity 5.0 (734 Votes)
Mime Type application/vnd.ms-excel
Default Program OpenOffice Calc
Category Common File Types
Format Binary
Updated 6/1/2024

What is a XLS File Type?

You can meet XLS files at home, at school and in environments to organize, analyze, manipulate or visualize data. Each spreadsheet consists of a table with rows and columns and attached cells; a table may contain data entered manually or results calculated from data generated by other cells.

The Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (XLS) was introduced in 1987 with the release of d' Excel. XLS files have become one of the most common file types for saving spreadsheets until the release of Excel 2007. With this release, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Excel Open XML Spreadsheet and replaced XLS files with standard .XLSX files to save spreadsheets in Excel.

What is a Default XLS File Name?

Workbook1.xls - The default file name that Microsoft Excel gives to new spreadsheets before Excel 2007, creating new spreadsheets with the filename Workbook1.xlsx.



How to Open XLS File?

You can open XLS files with Microsoft Excel in Windows and in macOS. Excel is the best program for opening XLS files because it fully supports the formatting of Excel spreadsheets, which includes data fields and graphs. Excel is also available for Android and iOS devices. There are a large number of other spreadsheet programs that can open and edit XLS files but they may not fully support the formatting of the XLS spreadsheets. Alternative programs include Corel Quattro Pro (Windows), Apple Numbers (Mac), and OpenOffice Calc (multiplatform).

You can also open XLS files with various web programs. Google Sheets is a great free option that allows you to upload an XLS file and view, edit, save, and convert the spreadsheet.

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Free online XLS Tools & Apps

We have also the free online .XLS (Excel Spreadsheet) file extension apps that can allow to view, edit, convert from to XLS, merge, split and compare the XLS files without installing anything on your system. Please click on the links to explore the complete list of details for each required feature.



XLS Files Common Issues

There are few common issues with the Excel Spreadsheet .XLS File Extensions while opening the .XLS files on Windows and MacOs, we have solution to those issues such as:

Can't Open XLS Files?

  1. You must have supported software programs installed for Excel Spreadsheet on your system such as OpenOffice Calc.
  2. Associate default Openoffice Calc OpenOffice Calc program for *.xls (Excel Spreadsheet) files.

    Associate XLS Default Program on Windows
    1. Right-click a *.XLS (e.g example.xls) file and click Open With.
    2. In the Open with dialog box, click Openoffice Calc OpenOffice Calc program Or click Browse to locate the program (*.exe) that you want.
    3. Select check box for Always use this app to open .xls files.

    Associate XLS Default Program on MacOs
    1. Click *.XLS (e.g example.xls) file and click information -> Open With.
    2. In the programs list, click Openoffice Calc OpenOffice Calc program Or other appropriate program that you want.
    3. Confirm Change for all... and Contine.
    4. A message will appear "This change will be applied to all files with .OpenOffice Calc extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection", click Contine to apply changes.

Related XLS File Extensions

XLS default file extension is .XLS and other similer related extensions are:



All Platform Software Programs for XLS File Extension

List of all softwares that can open the XLS files on each platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Web and Android, you may click the each software link for more details for other supported formats for each software and the verified direct download links for each software with complete lisensing details.

Microsoft Windows logo image Open XLS File on Windows

Software License Developer
Microsoft Access image. Microsoft Access 365 for Windows Commercial Microsoft
Aspose Aspose.Total for .NET image. Aspose Aspose.Total for .NET 16.3.0 for Windows Commercial Aspose
Calligra Suite image. Calligra Suite 2 for Windows Freeware Calligra Suite
ACD Systems Canvas image. ACD Systems Canvas X 2019 for Windows Commercial ACD Systems
Microsoft Excel image. Microsoft Excel 365 for Windows Commercial Microsoft
Gnumeric image. Gnumeric 1 for Windows Open Source Gnumeric
Adobe InDesign image. Adobe InDesign 2020 for Windows Commercial Adobe
LibreOffice image. LibreOffice 6 for Windows Open Source LibreOffice
Wolfram Research Mathematica image. Wolfram Research Mathematica 9 for Windows Commercial Wolfram Research
SoftMaker Office image. SoftMaker Office 2018 for Windows Commercial SoftMaker
Microsoft Office image. Microsoft Office 2019 for Windows Commercial Microsoft
Ability Office image. Ability Office 6 for Windows Commercial Ability
Kofax OmniPage image. Kofax OmniPage ULTIMATE 19 for Windows Commercial Kofax
Apache OpenOffice image. Apache OpenOffice 4 for Windows Open Source Apache
Nuance PDF Converter Professional image. Nuance PDF Converter Professional 8 for Windows Commercial Nuance
Apowersoft Phone Manager image. Apowersoft Phone Manager 2 for Windows Freeware Apowersoft
FileMaker Pro image. FileMaker Pro 17 for Windows Commercial FileMaker
Corel Quattro Pro image. Corel Quattro Pro 2020 for Windows Commercial Corel
IMSI TurboPDF image. IMSI TurboPDF 7 for Windows Commercial IMSI
Golden Software Voxler image. Golden Software Voxler 3 for Windows Commercial Golden Software
Microsoft Works image. Microsoft Works 9 for Windows Commercial Microsoft
Kingsoft WPS Office image. Kingsoft WPS Office 2019 for Windows Freeware Kingsoft
yWorks yEd Graph Editor image. yWorks yEd Graph Editor 3 for Windows Freeware yWorks

MacOs logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen XLS File on Mac OS

Software License Developer
Calligra Suite image. Calligra Suite 2 for MacOs Freeware Calligra Suite
Google Drive image. Google Drive 2020 for MacOs Freeware Google
Microsoft Excel image. Microsoft Excel 365 for MacOs Commercial Microsoft
Microsoft Excel for Mac image. Microsoft Excel for Mac 2019 for MacOs Commercial Microsoft
Adobe InDesign image. Adobe InDesign 2020 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
LibreOffice image. LibreOffice 6 for MacOs Open Source LibreOffice
LyxMac image. LyxMac 2 for MacOs Freeware LyXMac
Wolfram Research Mathematica image. Wolfram Research Mathematica 9 for MacOs Commercial Wolfram Research
Planamesa NeoOffice image. Planamesa NeoOffice 2017 for MacOs Commercial Planamesa
Apple Numbers image. Apple Numbers 4 for MacOs Commercial Apple
Microsoft Office image. Microsoft Office 2019 for MacOs Commercial Microsoft
Nuance OmniPage Pro X image. Nuance OmniPage Pro X 1 for MacOs Commercial Nuance
Apache OpenOffice image. Apache OpenOffice 4 for MacOs Open Source Apache
FileMaker Pro image. FileMaker Pro 17 for MacOs Commercial FileMaker
Kingsoft WPS Office image. Kingsoft WPS Office 2019 for MacOs Freeware Kingsoft
yWorks yEd Graph Editor image. yWorks yEd Graph Editor 3 for MacOs Freeware yWorks

Linux logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen XLS file on Linux

Software License Developer
Calligra Suite image. Calligra Suite 2 for Linux Freeware Calligra Suite
Gnumeric image. Gnumeric 1 for Linux Open Source Gnumeric
LibreOffice image. LibreOffice 6 for Linux Open Source LibreOffice
Wolfram Research Mathematica image. Wolfram Research Mathematica 9 for Linux Commercial Wolfram Research
SoftMaker Office image. SoftMaker Office 2018 for Linux Commercial SoftMaker
Apache OpenOffice image. Apache OpenOffice 4 for Linux Open Source Apache
OpenOffice Calc image. OpenOffice Calc 000 for Linux Free OpenOffice Calc
OpenOffice Calc image. OpenOffice Calc 000 for Linux Free OpenOffice Calc
Kingsoft WPS Office image. Kingsoft WPS Office 2019 for Linux Freeware Kingsoft
yWorks yEd Graph Editor image. yWorks yEd Graph Editor 3 for Linux Freeware yWorks

Website logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen XLS file on Web

Software License Developer
Google Drive image. Google Drive 2020 for Web Freeware Google
Google Sheets image. Google Sheets 000 for Web Free Google Sheets

iOS logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen XLS file on iOS

Software License Developer
Google Drive for iOS image. Google Drive for iOS 4 for iOS Freeware Google
Microsoft Excel for iOS image. Microsoft Excel for iOS 2 for iOS Commercial Microsoft
Microsoft Office image. Microsoft Office 000 for iOS Free+ Microsoft
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro image. MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro 8 for iOS Commercial MobiSystems
Infraware Polaris Office for iOS image. Infraware Polaris Office for iOS 7 for iOS Freeware Infraware

Android logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen XLS file on Android

Software License Developer
Google Drive for Android image. Google Drive for Android 4 for Android Freeware Google
Microsoft Excel for Android image. Microsoft Excel for Android 16 for Android Commercial Microsoft
Microsoft Office image. Microsoft Office 000 for Android Free+ Microsoft
SoftMaker Office HD PlanMaker BASIC image. SoftMaker Office HD PlanMaker BASIC 2016.7 for Android Freeware SoftMaker
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro image. MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro 8 for Android Commercial MobiSystems
Apowersoft Phone Manager image. Apowersoft Phone Manager 2 for Android Freeware Apowersoft
Infraware Polaris Office for Android image. Infraware Polaris Office for Android 7 for Android Freeware Infraware
Kingsoft WPS Office for Android image. Kingsoft WPS Office for Android 12 for Android Freeware Kingsoft

About Licensing

  1. Free Trial This software are often used for an attempt period, like 14 days, before requiring payment. Some trial versions have a reduced feature set.
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XLS file extension icon image.About XLS - Excel Spreadsheet

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Updated 6/1/2024


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