Opening _XLS files

Did your computer fail to open a _XLS file? We explain what _XLS files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your _XLS files.

What is a _XLS file?

The ._xls file extension is used for temporary spreadsheet files in the XLS file format. These _XLS files are also known as Microsoft Excel temporary files. Some Webmail providers and email client programs convert .xls spreadsheet attachments into ._xls files, in order to protect users against possibly malicious macros stored in the attached XLS spreadsheet files.These _XLS files may contain Microsoft Excel data like financial and accounting details, text and other multimedia objects. However, Microsoft Excel cannot open and view the content of these .xls files, unless the underscore () is deleted from the file extension.For example, 1._xls should be changed to 1.xls in order for Microsoft Excel to be capable of opening and editing these spreadsheets. Once this has been done, all versions of Microsoft Excel can be used to open and edit these spreadsheets. Microsoft Excel versions are available in Windows PCs, Mac OS X computers, Android devices and iOS mobile gadgets.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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