can not open excel attachments saved as ._xls

January 14, 2011 at 13:21:38
Specs: Windows 7
A friend is emailing me excel spreadsheets but I can not open them they are saving as (spreadsheet._xls) he has sent me some saved as (spreadsheet.xls) and I can open them.

He has a template that I can open but when he saves as weekending 20thSEP I can not open it as it gives the sheet the ._xls

Pls help.

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January 14, 2011 at 15:17:28
I can't find any reference to a ._xls file.
However you can download the Excel viewer from Microsoft and see if that helps.
You could try removing the underscore and see if it will open. Otherwise get him to make sure he saves the files as XLS, he can use file save as, then select the correct extension.

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January 15, 2011 at 06:43:55
There is also a Microsoft Office compatibility pack you can download from Microsoft.

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January 15, 2011 at 18:34:26
1- Ask your friend to resave the file 'save as' and select 'excel '97' as he probably has office 2010.
2- Or you can try as in #2 above.
3- Or you can download and install and use that to open it and resave it as 'excel '97' in there (this is how I solved a similar problem at work about 2 weeks ago).

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January 15, 2011 at 19:36:38
Thanks guys open office works a treat.
I also found how to open with excel
I have to save the file then open excel and select open.
Then I get a warning and have to verify that it is not corrupt as it is not supported format. If I say yes I can open and see the data.

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January 16, 2011 at 07:08:10
If you 'save as' in openoffice and select the excel '97 option then you will eliminate the format issue.

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