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Excel File Formats, Conditional Formatting, Macro Codes = Help!

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Hello Experts,

Ok, please bare with me as I explain this one... :)

I am using Excel 2010 (Mac), when I created my spreadsheet the default extension is .xlsx

When I add macro's into my workbook, I am forced into saving in another format.

Which I did, choosing the 2004-2007 version (not exactly sure what it said...)

So now the extension reads, .xls

I then add conditional formatting into my spreadsheet.  When I save the workbook, it says there may be features that might be removed if saved in the current format.

I assume my problem is this,...

.xlsx is the latest format from Excel (supports 2010 or later)
.xls is the previous format from Excel

.xlsx doesn't support the use of macro's
and the conditional formatting I want, isn't supported on the older format?

I am soooo confused.

What gives?  What are my options? :)

Thank you in advance for your help!

~ Geekamo
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Geekamo

Save as xlsm, which is the file format for Excel 2007 (and later) macro-enabled workbooks.

By the way, the older format would probably support your conditional formatting, unless you were using some of the newer options available.
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@ imnorie,

Correct, I am using a newer conditional format.  Great, I will certainly change to that format.  But this raises my next question... (the points are already yours) if .xlsx is the latest & greatest format - does that basically mean the future of Excel will be Macro/Code free?

How are the real hard core Excel geeks out there getting around this?

~ Geekamo
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xlsx is only one of the latest file formats.

You also have xlsm and xlsb, both of which support macros.

I don't know why but xlsx has been set  as the default file type, but that can easily be changed in Options.

That was the first thing I did when I first installed Excel 2010.
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@ imnorie,

Great, thank you for your help!

~ Geekamo
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Thanks again!

~ Geekamo
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