Open xls file

xls file icon Did your computer fail to open xls file? We explain what xls files are and recommend software that we know can open your xls files.

What is xls file?

Files with xls extension are best known as spreadsheets from Microsoft Excel. A spreadsheet is basically a grid of cells sorted in rows and columns. Each cell can contain text, numeric or formula data. Excel XLS spreadsheets can be opened in most other similar programs, such as OpenOffice.org Calc.

xls file description

File extension xls 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 xls files are used in Microsoft Excel 97 to 2003 for Workbooks, spreadsheet document files. The XLS is Microsoft Excel's proprietary file format for storing its documents.

Microsoft Excel up until 2007 version used a proprietary binary file format called Binary Interchange File Format (BIFF) as its primary format. There are several versions of the format that have been released as it was revised over time.

The latest versions of Microsoft Office use the Open XML file format and the Excel Workbooks are stored in the Microsoft Excel Open XML Workbook files (.xlsx file suffix).

XLS format was also adopted by other programs, such as Microsoft Works. Excel spreadsheets are also generated and exported by various programs. For example SolidWorks uses XLS format to export Bill of Materials templates.

MIME types:
application/excel
application/vnd.ms-excel
application/msexcell
application/x-msexcel
application/x-excel
application/x-msexcel
application/x-dos_ms_excel
application/xls

Software that will open xls file

Microsoft Excel

A popular spreadsheet application distributed with Microsoft Office suite

Microsoft Excel for Mac

A popular spreadsheet application from the Microsoft Office suite

Office 365

Subscription-based service for Microsoft Office applications


What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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