How to Open an Excel Spreadsheet in MS Works

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Microsoft Office and Microsoft Works are both office packages that include spreadsheet software. If you have only Microsoft Works and someone sends you an Office file, you can still open the file using Works. For example, Excel files are compatible with Microsoft Works. If you want to open an Excel spreadsheet in Microsoft Works, you can easily do so. A Works spreadsheet won't have as many functions as an Excel spreadsheet, but you can still open the sheet to view the data.

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    Open Excel Spreadsheet in Works

  1. 1

    Open a new Microsoft Works spreadsheet. Click "File" from the menu at the top of the page.

  2. 2

    Select "Open" from the lists that drops down. A new box will open that lists your files to search through.

  3. 3

    Change "Files of type" in the "Open" box to "Excel 97-2007." This will make all of your Excel files appear so you can search through them and find the one you want to open.

  4. 4

    Scroll through the list of Excel files. When you find the one you want to open in Works, select the file and click "Open."

  5. 5

    Select which Excel sheet you want to open in Works. You can only open one at a time. If there is only one Excel sheet in the spreadsheet you are opening, select "Sheet 1."

  6. 6

    Click "OK." The Excel sheet will now appear in the Microsoft Works spreadsheet that you have open.

    Shortcut for Opening Excel 2007 Spreadsheet in Works

  1. 1

    Open "My Documents." Look for the Excel file that you want to open in Microsoft Works.

  2. 2

    Right-click over the Excel file. In the menu that opens, select "Open with..." and choose "Microsoft Works Spreadsheet."

  3. 3

    Select with sheet you want to open from the Excel spreadsheet. If the Excel spreadsheet only has one sheet, select "Sheet 1" and click "OK." The Excel spreadsheet will now be open in Microsoft Works.

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