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Question: How to open xlsx file

I have an email I received with a link to an xlsx file sent on the email. I have iWork on my Mac but when I click the link to open the .xlsx file it downloads something that has no suffix with .xlsx and it looks like a blank sheet. When I click on the "downloaded" sheet it downloads a folder that has folders in it but no file.

I read iWork 08 will execute .xlsx files but I cannot download it or open it straight away.

How do I set iWork up so it is my default program for opening files?

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I have an email I received with a link to an xlsx file sent on the email. I have iWork on my Mac but when I click the link to open the .xlsx file it downloads something that has no suffix with .xlsx and it looks like a blank sheet. When I click on the "downloaded" sheet it downloads a folder that has folders in it but no file.

I read iWork 08 will execute .xlsx files but I cannot download it or open it straight away.

How do I set iWork up so it is my default program for opening files?


Mac OS X uses the file extension to determine the default application for a specific file type. Since the file in question apparently has no file extension, the OS applies a generic icon, and does not determine a default application. For that file, try renaming it and adding the .xlsx extension ("suffix" in Mac terminology). Note that adding the extension does not change the actual file. If it is not a type that Numbers is able to open, Numbers will continue to be unable to open it.

To set Numbers as the default application to open .xlsx files, go to the Finder, locate a file of this type and single click its icon, then Get Info (command-I or File > Get Info or in column view, click the More Info button under the file's icon).

In the Get Info window, find (and click the triangle to disclose if necessary) the Open with section. Use the popup menu in this section to choose Numbers. Click Change All to make the change apply to every file with a .xlsx suffix.

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Barry

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May 2, 2010 1:45 PM in response to Paul Samuel In response to Paul Samuel

Paul Samuel wrote:
I have an email I received with a link to an xlsx file sent on the email. I have iWork on my Mac but when I click the link to open the .xlsx file it downloads something that has no suffix with .xlsx and it looks like a blank sheet. When I click on the "downloaded" sheet it downloads a folder that has folders in it but no file.

I read iWork 08 will execute .xlsx files but I cannot download it or open it straight away.

How do I set iWork up so it is my default program for opening files?


Mac OS X uses the file extension to determine the default application for a specific file type. Since the file in question apparently has no file extension, the OS applies a generic icon, and does not determine a default application. For that file, try renaming it and adding the .xlsx extension ("suffix" in Mac terminology). Note that adding the extension does not change the actual file. If it is not a type that Numbers is able to open, Numbers will continue to be unable to open it.

To set Numbers as the default application to open .xlsx files, go to the Finder, locate a file of this type and single click its icon, then Get Info (command-I or File > Get Info or in column view, click the More Info button under the file's icon).

In the Get Info window, find (and click the triangle to disclose if necessary) the Open with section. Use the popup menu in this section to choose Numbers. Click Change All to make the change apply to every file with a .xlsx suffix.

Regards,
Barry

May 2, 2010 1:45 PM

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