XCEL File Extension

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Microsoft Excel For Mac Spreadsheet

What is XCEL file?

Full format name of files that use XCEL extension is Microsoft Excel For Mac Spreadsheet. Microsoft Corporation defined the Microsoft Excel For Mac Spreadsheet format standard. XCEL file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Mac OS, Windows system platform. Files with XCEL extension are categorized as Spreadsheet Files files. The Spreadsheet Files subset comprises 95 various file formats. Microsoft Excel supports XCEL files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 1 other tools may also be used. Microsoft Excel software was developed by Microsoft Corporation, and on its official website you may find more information about XCEL files or the Microsoft Excel software program.

Programs which support XCEL file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support XCEL files. Files with XCEL suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support XCEL file

How to open file with XCEL extension?

Problems with accessing XCEL may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with XCEL files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Excel

Install software to open XCEL file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports XCEL files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Excel or different compatible program, such as Microsoft Office. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Excel installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update Microsoft Excel to the latest version

Update software that support file extension XCELIf you already have Microsoft Excel installed on your systems and XCEL files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Microsoft Excel cannot handle files with XCEL may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Microsoft Excel.

Step 3. Set the default application to open XCEL files to Microsoft Excel

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Excel installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage XCEL on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with XCEL file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the XCEL with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft Excel is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open XCEL files and clicking OK.
Associate software with XCEL file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the XCEL file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with XCEL extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the XCEL for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper XCEL file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check XCEL file for viruses
1. Check the XCEL file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the XCEL file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the XCEL file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the XCEL file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Ensure the file with XCEL extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the XCEL file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with XCEL extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Microsoft Excel For Mac Spreadsheet file.

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft Excel

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support XCEL files. Close all running programs and try opening the XCEL file.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Microsoft Excel For Mac Spreadsheet files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with XCEL files affecting older versions of given software.

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