How to Open an XLS File in Excel

By Jasmine Haryana

Microsoft Excel's versatile spreadsheet interface allows users to perform complex mathematical and statistical functions in a simplified environment. For example, Microsoft Excel enables users to perform financial projections and expense analyzes for business, compare data sets and complex calculations for academic projects or simply balance finances at home. Additionally, Microsoft Excel produces specialized XLS files, which can be accessed using simple steps appropriate for your program version.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Excel
  • XLS file

Opening XLS Files in Microsoft Excel 2000, 2002 and 2003

Step 1

Launch Microsoft Excel by double-clicking the "Excel" desktop icon or selecting the program shortcut through the "Start" Menu.

Step 2

Select the "File" menu in the program's toolbar and click "Open" from the sub-menu.

Step 3

Browse through your computer's hard drive to find the location of the XLS file you want to open.

Step 4

Highlight the XLS file you wish to edit and click the "Open" button in the dialog box.

Opening XLS Files in Microsoft Excel 2007

Step 1

Click the "Microsoft Office" button, located in the top-left corner above the "Ribbon" menu.

Step 2

Navigate through your hard drive in the ensuing dialog box. Choose the XLS file you wish to open and highlight it.

Step 3

Click the dialog box's "Open" button to launch your XLS file.

Tips & Warnings

  • The hot key shortcut for opening XLS files in any version of Excel is "CTRL+O."
  • You can streamline your spreadsheet launches by mapping your XLS file associations to Microsoft Excel.