How To open xls attachments

Dear Computer Lady,

Sometimes I get attachments that I can’t open. The attachments are files that end with the letters, XLS.

Do you have any suggestions as to how I can open it?

Thanks, Nancy


Dear Nancy,

This file is an excel spreadsheet.

You have a couple of options for being able to read it.

1. Download and install the Microsoft Excel Viewer. You can find it at: just search for “Excel Viewer” to find it on Microsoft’s site.

With Excel Viewer, you can open, view, and print Excel workbooks, even if you don’t have Excel installed. You can also copy data from Excel Viewer to another program. However, you cannot edit data, save a workbook, or create a new workbook.

2. You can install the free office program, Open Office. Open Office can be downloaded at: Click on the link that says, I want to download and then click, “Download now!”

Once you have Open Office installed, you will be able to open, view, print, edit and save changes to your excel documents. Open Office will also give you the capabilities to create and save new spreadsheets.

I hope this helps,


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    • Sally
    • June 11, 2010

    Whenever I get email attachments that I can’t open, such as xls or PowerPoint, I save them to my computer desktop and then upload them to the Google Documents program on my free Gmail account. It saves space on your computer if you then delete the email (now stored online) and the saved file from the deskop, and you don’t have to download any new programs to view those files.

    • alexnetherton
    • June 12, 2010

    Open Office is a wonderful FREE alternative to Micro$oft Office. It does pretty much everything that Office does, except for the e-mail and calendar stuff, and that can be taken care of using Thunderbird. You do a wonderful job Elizabeth. Thank you.

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