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EXCEL - File Types and Name Extensions

To conclude our series on Excel this month, we'd like to explain a few of the various Excel file types, name extensions, and what they're used for.


Excel-Save-As Box


Typical Excel Workbook

A workbook file for versions predating Excel 2007


Typical Excel Workbook

A workbook file for Excel versions 2007 and more recent.


Excel Macro Enabled Workbook

An Excel Workbook saved with Macro availability/functionality.


Excel Binary Workbook

This workbook is macro enabled and saved in binary format for quicker save and load times.  Ideal for exceptionally large files with rows numbering in the tens of thousands.


Excel Template

A template version of the worksheet or workbook saved.  Templates may also be Macro Enabled (.xltm)


Comma Separated Values

A comma delimited data file.  This file type is a near-universal way of saving the data on a single worksheet for transfer and import into other programs.


(XML Data) Extensible
Markup Language

This is a data format design to store and transfer information. "XML is the most common tool for data transmissions between all sorts of applications." (w3schools.com)


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