numbers.app default format *.xls ?

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  1. feuerschlange macrumors regular

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    How do I set numbers.app '09, to default process all files in Excel format.

    At the moment, I always read Excel files, work on them and have to "command+shift+s" for saving + a seperate tick in the "save a copy as xls" field.

    This drives me nuts. Normally, I just work on a file, "cmd+s" to save my work and "cmd+w" or "cmd+q" to close the Window/ program.

    The same applies to pages.app, which I would prefer as my standard text writer.

    Unfortunately all my customers/ coworkers work on Windows with Office 2003/ 2007 and expect these formats.
     
  2. Ashka macrumors 6502a

    Ashka

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    Options Not available. Save copy as.... is the nearest.
    Excel defaults to xls, ~ Numbers defaults to Numbers.
    Word defaults to several formats depending on the year ~ Pages defaults to Pages.

    Neo Office or Open Office are options for word & excel clones.
    S.
     
  3. Kevin L. macrumors member

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    This seems crazy; there should be a preference setting that if you're opening a native .xls file, then when you go to save it, it will default to .xls
    Can anyone suggest a way to program a macro or something else to get around this? I decided to go exclusively with iWork 09 but I have to open and edit .xls files day in and day out. I assumed it would be more streamlined.
     
  4. Ashka macrumors 6502a

    Ashka

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    If you want and need to work with excel files buy excel or use a clone.
    Don't expect Numbers to be an excel clone ~ It isn't.

    Check out the User Guide accessed under Numbers on the menu bar.
     
  5. Kevin L. macrumors member

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    I'm desiring to use Numbers by default because it's way faster than Office 2008, and in my opinion, way better. I just feel that in the cross-platform business world, there's got to be a way to open, edit and then easily re-save native xls spreadsheets. Oh well.
     
  6. feuerschlange thread starter macrumors regular

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    Which is, why I use exclusively Excel 2008 on OS X.
    If Apple would figure these small things out, I might even update to iWork 09 for that one feature.
     

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