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How to Save to the Old Excel Format (.xls) From Excel

In this tutorial, you will learn how to save to the old .xls format from Excel.


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Save to Old Excel Format

To save an Excel file with the .xlsx extension as the old Excel format (.xls), follow these steps:

1. In the Ribbon, go to File > Save a Copy (Save as).


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2. Choose format Excel 97-2003 Workbook (.xls) and click Save.


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As a result, the .xlsx file is saved in the old Excel format (.xls).


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Note: You can also use VBA code to convert a file to .xls format.

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