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 green File tab, click Save As.

Click Save As

3. Select Excel 97-2003 Workbook 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 green File tab, click Options, Save, and select Excel 97-2003 Workbook from the drop-down list.

Auto-save

6. 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).