How to open _XLS file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

_XLS files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing _XLS file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with _XLS extension. However, it should be remembered that _XLS file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is Microsoft Excel Workbook but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning _XLS files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with _XLS extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • Microsoft Excel Workbook

    ._xls file extension

    Category: SpreadSheet Files

    OS Software
    Windows Microsoft Excel Microsoft Excel
    Microsoft Excel Viewer Microsoft Excel Viewer
    Microsoft Office Microsoft Office
    Office 365 Office 365

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from _XLS files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning _XLS extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning _XLS extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the _XLS file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports _XLS file extension
  • _XLS file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with _XLS files


If _XLS file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a _XLS file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open _XLS file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing _XLS in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit _XLS format. It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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