App to read XLS Download

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 06Honda, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. 06Honda macrumors regular

    May 25, 2011
    I use a MacBook Pro with SnowLeopard operating system and would like to be able to read my investment account data that is downloaded in a .xls format. This is the only format the brokerage firm has that I deal with. Only need to read data. Thanks for any help on this.

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Excel, Numbers, OpenOffice, NeoOffice and many others can read Excel spreadsheets.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    To add to what GGJ wrote above:

    There is also "LibreOffice", free and seems to work very well on the Mac...
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Change the file suffix to ".txt" and open it in TextEdit. There's a possibility that the file is really comma-separated values, rather than an actual Excel file.

    I mention this because I've seen it for a few files I got from Fidelity. The suffix was ".xls" but the actual content was CSV.

    If you were running Mountain Lion, then Preview could show you .xls and .xlsx files.

    Not knowing your brokerage firm, maybe there's an account preference to send you PDF files. You could check for that if you haven't already done so. Personally, if I didn't see an option online, I'd phone the brokerage and ask them about it (again, assuming you haven't done so).
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    If you don't want to install any apps to do this, and if it is a relatively simple spreadsheet, you can use one of the free online office suites to do this free.

    Here is Excel online. You will beed a free MS account.

    Or Goolge spreadsheet. You will need a free Gmail account.

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