Save in 97-2003 Format

 

If you save your Excel files in 97-2003 format (.xls instead of the new .xlsx format), users who do not have Excel 2007 or later installed on their computer, can still open your Excel files.

1. Open a workbook.

2. On the File tab, click Save As.

3. Select Excel 97-2003 Workbook (*.xls) from the drop-down list.

Excel 97-2003 Workbook

4. Click Save.

To automatically save your Excel files in 97-2003 format, execute the following steps.

5. On the File tab, click Options

6. On the left side, click Save and select Excel 97-2003 Workbook from the drop-down list.

Auto-save

7. Click OK.

Note: Excel will always give you a warning if features are not supported in 97-2003 format, so you can save the file in the new .xlsx format (Excel Workbook).

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