Open XLS File – What is and How to View – Format and Programs

  • Files type: Microsoft Works Spreadsheet
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Extension: .XLS


What is a .XLS File

XLS are spreadsheet or chart files that are created with the help of Microsoft Excel that comes in the Microsoft Office Suite Package.

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application which is one of the most popular and widely used spreadsheet applications in the industry; other competitors like Lotus 1-2-3 have not been able to cope up with it.

These files with .xls extension store the data in the cells and organize them in rows and columns as a table.

These spreadsheets can be created with the help of Works 8.0 but can also be read by Microsoft Excel.


How to Open XLS Files

Category: Data File
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows: Microsoft Excel (free trial), Microsoft Works, Excel Viewer
Open with Linux: libreoffice
  1. Find your .xls in your device
  2. Double click on the file icon
  3. In the open with question select one of the installed viewers: Microsoft excel, microsoft works or the excel viewer.
  4. If you don’t have any excel viewer installed you have to donwload it first.
  5. Confirm
  6. View your .xls in the viewer.