Saving as Excel in Numbers

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  1. dom.mason macrumors newbie

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    Sorry if this has been covered before.

    I recently bought a Macbook Pro (and loving it) with iWork 09 pre-installed. I really like using numbers compared to office. However, I have just started working in a group where all the other members use Windows with Office 2007. I have been able to save my numbers (and pages) documents as the office equivalent. My problem lies when I am working on a document in numbers that is the office format. I like to continuously save my progress but whenever i press save, I have to save it as a whole new document or replace the existing one. When I used to work in office 2007 I used to just press save every now and then and it would save my changes. Am I doing something wrong or is it because I am working on an excel spreadsheet in numbers (word document in pages)?

    I hope this makes sense and thank you in advance for any help.
     
  2. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    From my experience, Numbers 09 will do exactly what you describe, unless you use a feature that can't be replicated in the Excel format. If you open and make changes to an Excel document, just hitting :apple:-S or File > Save will simply save the changes and leave the document in Excel format. If that's not the case, check your preferences for a setting related to that (can't remember, don't have the time to look it up right now).

    Admittedly, however, I rarely do this, so I could be remembering things a little off.

    jW
     
  3. CaptMurdock macrumors 6502a

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    The Save As dialog box does give you the option to save the file as an Excel file. I use this to work on Excel file between my work PC and my iBook at home.
     
  4. dom.mason thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea that doesn't seem to be the case. For example, I would recieve an excel document from another member, open it in numbers, do some adjustments and then press cmd+S. This would open the save as dialog and defaults to a .numbers file. All i want to do is save the changes as the original file.

    I had a look through preferences, but there doesn't seem to be many, and certainly none that seem to relate to my problem. I suppose its only a minor inconvenience. The way I see it, when I press save I have two options. I can overwrite the copy sent to me (essentially saving changes) or create a second copy.

    Thanks for your help

    Dom
     

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