3 steps to open file with XLSX extension

Usually solving problems with XLSX file is simple – just install proper software and open the file. Read the guide and open XLSX file now!

XLSX File Extension

  • File type Microsoft Excel Open XML Spreadsheet
  • File developer Microsoft
  • File category Spreadsheet Files
  • File popularity rating
    • Star
    • Star
    • Star
    • Star
    • Star

What is a(n) XLSX file?

The spreadsheet file with the extension .XLSX stores zip-compressed data on columns, rows and their cell content, as well as information on formatting, charts and graphics, styles and functions used.


How to open XLSX file?

There could be multiple reasons for which the system does not support given file. In the case of XLSX extension, it is probable that none of the installed programs support given file type. Therefore, user should undertake the following steps

Step 1: Install a program that supports XLSX files

If an application that supports XLSX files is installed on user’s system, but is not used to open such files by default, right-click on the file icon and choose "Open with" option from the menu. Next, select the proper application and check the "Always use the selected application to open this kind of files" box. The system will store this information in its registry and use the selected program to open files with XLSX extension by default.

Hint for Mac OS users


For Mac OS users the procedure is analogous – open the file menu by right-clicking on the XLSX file and choose "Information" option and select "Open with program" option. From the submenu select an application and click on "Change all" button.

Step 2: Find and download proper software

Inability to open XLSX files may also be related to the lack of any application that supports given file being installed on the system. Should that be the case, user needs to download and install one of the following applications. Once installed, the system will automatically associate newly installed application with XLSX files. If this step fails, see step 1.

Programs that support files with XLSX extension

Step 3: Check the XLSX file for errors

Sometimes, although relatively rarely, steps 1 and 2 might not lead to expected results. There can be several reasons for such situation to occur:

  • XLSX file has been downloaded from the internet but for some reason it is incomplete. In such case the file should be re-downloaded and opened again.
  • Structure of given XLSX file could be corrupted and as such the program is not able to open the file
  • Storage medium on which the file was stored is damaged
  • It is important to ascertain that the icon representing given file is not a shortcut a related XLSX file no longer present in the location to which the shortcut points
  • If the user account has restricted access privileges it is advised to contact the system administrator or an IT expert

Similar file extensions