How to Convert a Microsoft Project File to Excel

Written by matthew burley
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Microsoft Project is an incredibly useful tool for individuals that are managing large projects. It allows users to create timelines for various tasks and checkpoints for certain milestones during the project's life cycle. However, not many people have ever had occasion to learn Microsoft Project, nor is it common to find the application on many computers. Therefore, it will frequently be necessary to export a Project file to another format for applications that are more common.

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  1. 1

    Open your Microsoft Project file.

  2. 2

    Click "File" at the top of the page or the Windows button at the top-left of the screen if you are using Project 2007.

  3. 3

    Select the "Save As" option.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Save as type" arrow to show the file types that Project can create.

  5. 5

    Scroll to the "Microsoft Excel Workbook" option, then click the "Save" button.

Tips and warnings

  • When saving files to Excel format, be aware of the difference between ".xls" and ".xlsx." A file type of .xlsx will only be readable by users with Microsoft Office 2007 or earlier versions of Microsoft Office with the installed Compatibility Pack.

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