XLS file format description

Many people often share .xls files without providing instructions on how to use them. This can make it difficult for users to determine which program is compatible for editing, converting, or printing .xls files. To address this issue, we have created this page to offer assistance and guidance on handling .xls files. We provide information on compatible software, editing instructions and conversion options to help users effectively interact with .xls files.

Our aim is to simplify the process and promote seamless use of the .xls file format.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.xls - Microsoft Excel Worksheet

The XLS document files are related to Microsoft Excel. The XLS file is a Microsoft Excel worksheet. Microsoft Office Excel is a spreadsheet application written and distributed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

Application:Microsoft Excel
Category:Document files
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Aliases:excel, xl

Microsoft Excel Worksheet related extensions:

  • wcp Charter Party Editor Document
  • mc7 Mastercam 7 Document
  • bps Microsoft Works Document Backup
  • msg Microsoft Outlook E-Mail Message
  • xltx Microsoft Excel 2007 Template
  • mpt Microsoft Project Template

Be careful.

It is important to understand that the .xls file extension is not limited to a particular set of applications. Other programs besides the intended ones can also use the .xls extension to create files. This includes potentially harmful programs or malware that may generate .xls files for various purposes. Be especially cautious with .xls files coming from untrusted or unknown sources.

Can't open a .xls file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize an extension, you receive the following message:

Select an app to open this .xls file

To set the .xls file association in Windows 11, you can follow these steps

  1. Open the Settings app by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the gear icon.
  2. In the Settings app, click on System and then select Apps from the left-hand side menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Default apps option.
  4. Under the Default apps section, you will find various categories such as Email, Web browser, and Music player.
  5. Locate the category that matches the file type you want to associate, such as Photos for image files or Video player for video files.
  6. Click on the current default app listed under the category. A list of available apps will appear.
  7. Choose the app you want to set as the default for that file type. If the desired app is not listed, click on More apps to see additional options or click on Look for an app in the Microsoft Store to search for apps in the Store.
  8. After selecting the app, it will become the default choice for opening files of that type.

It's worth mentioning that you don't always need to set .xls file association. Many applications can open .xls files without requiring any specific file association to be set.

The .xls file extension is often given incorrectly

Based on searches conducted on our site in the past year, we have compiled a list of the most common misspellings. These frequent misspellings can cause confusion and hinder search accuracy. Our goal in providing this list is to help users find the right information more easily and enhance their overall search experience on our website.

These misspellings were the most common in the past year:

als, cls, dls, ls, lxs, sls, x1s, xis, xks, xl, xl5, xlc, xle, xlw, xlx

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

There is a possibility that the .xls filename extension is misspelled. To assist users in identifying potential errors, we provide a list of similar file extensions in our database.

Filename extensions similar to .xls:

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