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

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Last updated on August 30, 2023

This tutorial demonstrates how to save to the old XLS format from Excel.

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Save to Old Excel Format

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

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

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  1. 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.

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

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