.XLS File Extension

File Type:
Excel Spreadsheet

Having trouble opening .xls extension? Don't panic! This page explains what xls files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open xls files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a XLS file?

Xls file extension has Excel Spreadsheet file type, developed by Microsoft, which is associated with the "spreadsheet files" category.

Commonly generated with Microsoft Excel, the spreadsheet file contains data in worksheets, macros, and charts. It comes in the Excel Binary File Format. The file allows users to manage, visualize, and manipulate data. It is comprised of a table that consists of columns and rows.

In 2007, an .XLSX file format replaced the XLS format.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

xls file icon
File Type:
Excel Spreadsheet
Spreadsheet Files

How to open XLS file?

Double click the xls file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .xls extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the xls extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

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Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the xls file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open XLS files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the xls file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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