10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2009 6:54 PM by Manusnake
simons73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,
How do I open a Microsoft .xlsx file in numbers 08? or do i need to update to numbers 09?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • 1. Re: opening a Excel xlsx file in numbers 08
    Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
    As far as I know, neither version of Numbers open these files.

    Yvan KOENIG (from FRANCE lundi 15 juin 2009 13:28:06)
  • 2. Re: opening a Excel xlsx file in numbers 08
    Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,815 points)
    Numbers '09 will open xlsx files. I do not have '08 but I'm assuming from the question and Yvan's response that it cannot. You can download the '09 trial and try it out before buying. Depending on the sophistication of the Excel spreadsheets you need to open, Numbers may or may not be sufficient for reading them.
  • 3. Re: opening a Excel xlsx file in numbers 08
    Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
    As you know, I don't use Microsoft produces.

    I received two .xlsx files and Numbers was unable to open them so I assumed, seemingly too fast, that it's the general behavior.

    I will try to remember that it's not a global rule but that xlsx format is partially supported.

    Yvan KOENIG (from FRANCE lundi 15 juin 2009 15:15:46)
  • 4. Re: opening a Excel xlsx file in numbers 08
    Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,815 points)
    Yvan, your post got me wondering. I never had a problem with xlsx files before but I have one file I cannot open. I created a simple Excel template last week which, if I use it to create an xlsx file, I cannot open it with Numbers. I have no idea why not, the template is just colored headers to mimic the look of a Numbers table. I get an "invalid format" error.
  • 5. Re: opening a Excel xlsx file in numbers 08
    Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
    Hi,

    when I respond that a feature doesn't behave well, it's because it caused me some problems.

    It would be ridiculous to claim that a feature is odd if it behaves correctly.

    It's true that sometimes my memory fools me but it's not a frequent case

    Yvan KOENIG (from FRANCE lundi 15 juin 2009 21:21:07)
  • 6. Re: opening a Excel xlsx file in numbers 08
    DivingPhil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've been using excel for mac and have to wait nearly five minutes to it to load. I want to stop using it and just use Numbers 09 but I cannot open any of the xlsx files that I have created using excel for Mac. Is there anything I can try?
  • 7. Re: opening a Excel xlsx file in numbers 08
    Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
    Ask to badunit which wrote that he may open this kind of files.
    I was never able to open those which I received.

    As my rule is to trash *********'s files when I receive some of them, for me it's definitely not a problem

    It appears that the automatic vocabulary filter was enhanced. It refuses the word which I am acustomed to use to name the Excel's editor

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) dimanche 6 septembre 2009 12:52:58
  • 8. Re: opening a Excel xlsx file in numbers 08
    Jp Cooper Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    BadUnit is correct - Numbers 2009 does in fact open XLSX Formatted files.

    He said nothing more than this.

    I have an XLSX File created in Excel 2007 on a Win Vista PC open in Numbers 2009 on Leopard right now as I am writing this post. I did nothing special - no conversions (other than the normal Excel to Numbers bit) - no fancy plugins - no magic - default install.

    @KOENIG - if you are going to argue with someone you really should elaborate more on your point of view instead of babbling incoherently.

    Message was edited by: Jp Cooper
  • 9. Re: opening a Excel xlsx file in numbers 08
    Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,815 points)
    I've had pretty good luck but there have been be instances where it does not open an XLXS file.
  • 10. Re: opening a Excel xlsx file in numbers 08
    Manusnake Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Badunit wrote:
    I've had pretty good luck but there have been be instances where it does not open an XLXS file.



    Maybe it contains macro or anything that prevents Numbers from opening it.
    Do you get an error message? My xlsx files (yes, I'm a switcher from MS Office 2008) opened correctly.