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how to open xls files

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    how to open xls files


    My computer says file type not supported for the xls type files. I looked it up in help and it seems like it has to do with codecs ? media packs ? I'm lost<<<<comp illiterate>>>>. also said to search windows store for an app that can help but I don't know what to look for. I have 8.1

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    Yellow Belly
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    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    It's an Excel spreadsheet format that you can open with this.
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    Understand that the Excel Viewer is simply that -- a way to VIEW the contents of Excel files.

    To work with those files (create, make changes, save), you will need Microsoft Office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aynjill View Post
    My computer says file type not supported for the xls type files. I looked it up in help and it seems like it has to do with codecs ? media packs ? I'm lost<<<<comp illiterate>>>>. also said to search windows store for an app that can help but I don't know what to look for. I have 8.1
    Buy Excel 2013 spreadsheet software - Microsoft Store
    However you will be money ahead to purchase the full Office program unless you are sure you only need Excel .xls files They really break it off in you buying it piece at a time If you have a student card you can get the full office Suite for about the same price.
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    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    There are a number of free Office Suites that can view as well as edit Excel spreadsheets. Try something like Home | LibreOffice - Free Office Suite - Fun Project - Fantastic People.
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    strollin nailed it. There are many ways to open a XLS file.

    Online apps:
    If you have a Google account, try Google docs.
    If you have a MS account, try Office Online

    PC apps:
    If you want to install an application on your PC, try the apps strollin listed
    I use OpenOffice

    If you only want to view or print the XLS file, try the Excel Viewer
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Or you could Google "how can I open an xls". Kind of obvious I know.

    Google isn't terribly difficult unless you are of course a help vampire.. slash7 with Amy Hoy Blog Archive Help Vampires: A Spotter

    You may be welcome here if you are a vampire or course (there are lots of people who want to feed their habit) . Or not. Time will tell.
    Last edited by adamf; 21 Jan 2015 at 17:45.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Or you could Google "how can I open an xls". Kind of obvious I know.

    Google isn't terribly difficult unless you are of course a help vampire.. slash7 with Amy Hoy Blog Archive Help Vampires: A Spotter

    You may be welcome here if you are a vampire or course (there are lots of people who want to feed their habit) . Or not. Time will tell.
    wow ,I almost thing I know that guy .lol
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    Yellow Belly
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    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Or you could Google "how can I open an xls". Kind of obvious I know.

    Google isn't terribly difficult unless you are of course a help vampire.. slash7 with Amy Hoy Blog Archive Help Vampires: A Spotter

    You may be welcome here if you are a vampire or course (there are lots of people who want to feed their habit) . Or not. Time will tell.
    Quote Originally Posted by Aynjill View Post
    I'm lost<<<<comp illiterate>>>>.
    If you don't know what an extension is then you're not going to have a clue what to look for.
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