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convert xlsx files to .xls
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by:Wilder1626
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Hi

You just need to save your Excel file as Excel 97-2003 Workbook by using Save as:
save as xls
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Do you have an older version of Office which won't open and xlsx file?
If so, what version?
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by:mplsdaaad
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the .xlsx file is still unreadable
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by:Wilder1626
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Have you tried to convert it to xls?

what version of excel do you have?
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by:mplsdaaad
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This did not work!
The .xlsx file is still a mess, when opened in 2003 Excel
How did this file become this way?
I did not save it this way, I saved it as .Xls
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by:Wilder1626
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Can you share the file? we can take a look at it.
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by:Bing CISM / CISSP
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if you are able to open and view the .XLSX file then you may simply from the File menu choose SAVE AS and select XLS format (as mentioned in the first comment) to conver the existing XLSX file into traditional XLS format.

be aware the some new features (if any that has been used in the XLSX file) will be lost in the XLS format. check the compatibility before using SAVE AS.

if you are doing this just because the target users of your Excel sheet cannot open the newer XLSX file because they are using an earlier version of Office, you may ask them to install some add-on to open the X series files (DOCX, XLSX and PPTX) if their Office versions are 2000.

does it make sense?
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by:mplsdaaad
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No
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by:mplsdaaad
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No
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by:Wilder1626
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Then you can try to use a converter online.

That may help

XLSX to XLS
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by:mplsdaaad
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I have Excel 2003
I saved the file as .xls
What changed it to .xlsx?
How can I change it back to .xls ?
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by:Wilder1626
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wow, may i ask how you have given the points?
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by:Bing CISM / CISSP
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> wow, may i ask how you have given the points?

LOL
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by:mplsdaaad
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Solution did not change the file.
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by:mplsdaaad
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Solution did not change the file.
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by:Wilder1626
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what are you saying by: Solution did not change the file.

What did you do exactly?
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by:akb
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You could try downloading the Office Compatibility Pack from Micro$oft. This allows you to open newer Office files in Office 2013.
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by:Wilder1626
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by:akb
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The Author appears to be new to the site. Question was incredibly brief and one word answers to questions. Closed question without a working answer and allocated points inappropriately. I'm not sure they are serious about this question.
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by:Wilder1626
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I agree with you akb. :)
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by:Bing CISM / CISSP
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agree with akb and Jean-Marc, too. :)
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by:Paul Sauvé
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LOL
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by:mplsdaaad
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I have .xlsx files on my computer that were saved as .xls files in Excel 2003
The only change is that I upgraded my computer to 64  bit to make it faster.
I think the only solution is to get the latest version of MS Office?
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by:mplsdaaad
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I down Loaded the Excel Viewer
It works great
I can now view the file, but I can not save it as .xls
I can print it
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