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List of supported file formats in Excel 2000

This article was previously published under Q179886
For a Microsoft Excel 2002 version of this article, see 291051.
Microsoft Excel supports opening and saving files in many different file formats. This article contains a list of these file formats, including version numbers where applicable.

File Formats for Earlier Versions of Excel

The following table lists the supported file formats in which the entire Excel workbook is saved.
                                              File name extension   Formats that save the entire workbook      (Windows only)   -------------------------------------------------------------   Microsoft Excel Workbook                   .xls   (Microsoft Excel 97-2000)   Template (Microsoft Excel 97-2000)         .xlt   Workspace (Microsoft Excel 97-2000)        .xlw   Microsoft Excel 97-2000 & 5.0/95 Workbook  .xls   Microsoft Excel 5.0/95 Workbook            .xls   Microsoft Excel version 4.0 workbook       .xlw   (saves only worksheets, chart sheets,   and macro sheets)				

The following table lists the supported file formats in which only the active Excel worksheet is saved.
                                             File name extension   Formats that save only the active sheet   (Windows only)   -------------------------------------------------------------   Microsoft Excel version 4.0 sheet         .xls, .xlc, .xlm   formats (including Microsoft Excel   macro or international macro sheets)   Microsoft Excel version 3.0 formats       .xls, .xlc, .xlm   Microsoft Excel version 2.x formats       .xls, .xlc, .xlm				

File Formats for Lotus 1-2-3

When you open a .wk1 or .wk3 file in Microsoft Excel, Excel applies the formatting in the associated .fmt, .fm3, or .all file. If you save a Lotus 1-2-3 file in Microsoft Excel format, Microsoft Excel saves the spreadsheet data and formatting in a single workbook file.

The WK1 (1-2-3) (*.wk1) and WK3 (1-2-3) (*.wk3) formats save only limited worksheet formatting. To save a Microsoft Excel workbook in Lotus 1-2-3 format and retain borders, cell shading, fonts, and other formatting, select a Lotus 1-2-3 file format that stores formatting in a separate .fmt, .fm3, or .all file.

The following table lists supported Lotus 1-2-3 file formats.
   Lotus 1-2-3 file format     Version         Note   ----------------------------------------------------------------------   WK4 (*.wk4)                 4.0             Saves the entire workbook   WK3 (*.wk3)                 3.x and         Saves only worksheets and   WK3, FM3 (*.wk3)            Lotus 1-2-3/W   chart sheets   WK1 (*.wk1)                 2.x             Saves only the active sheet   WK1 (FMT) (*.wk1)           1.0 and 1.0A    Saves only the active sheet   WK1 (ALL) (*.wk1)   WKS (FMT) (*.wks)   .PIC (when included in      3.x and Lotus   Open but cannot save this   an .All file)               1-2-3/W         format				

Text File Formats

The following table lists the text formats that you can use to open and save files.
   Text file format                           Note   ------------------------------------------------------------------------   Formatted Text (Space-delimited) (*.prn)   Lotus space-delimited format.                                              Saves only the active sheet.   Text (Tab-delimited) (*.txt) (Windows)     If you are saving a workbook   Text (Macintosh)                           as a tab-delimited or comma-   Text (OS/2 or MS-DOS)                      delimited text file for use   CSV (comma delimited)(*.csv) (Windows)     under another operating   CSV (Macintosh)                            system, select the   CSV (OS/2 or MS-DOS)                       appropriate converter to                                              ensure that tab characters,                                              line breaks, and other                                              characters are interpreted                                              correctly. Saves only the                                              active sheet.   DIF (data interchange format) (*.dif)      Saves only the active sheet.   SYLK (symbolic link format) (*.slk)        Saves only the active sheet.				

IMPORTANT: If you save a workbook in text format, all formatting is lost.

Other Spreadsheet Programs and Databases

The following table lists the other file formats that Excel 2000 also supports.
 Format          Program                   Notes ------------------------------------------------------------------------   DBF 2, DBF 3,   dBASE II, III,            Opens and saves only the   DBF 4 (*.dbf)   and IV                    active worksheet   WQ1 (*.wq1)     Quattro Pro for           Opens and saves only the                   MS-DOS                    active worksheet   .wb1            Quattro Pro               Opens only                   version 5.0 for Windows   .wb3            Quattro Pro               Opens only and Converter                   version 7.0 for Windows   required**   .wks            Microsoft Works version   Opens only Microsoft Works                   2.0 for Windows or        2.0 for Windows and                   Microsoft Works for       Microsoft Works for MS-DOS                   MS-DOS.                   spreadsheets.				
**Download the Quattro Pro 7.0 Converter from the Office Update Web site. Quattro Pro for Windows 8.0 wb3 files are not supported.

NOTE: Although Excel supports these file formats, certain features may not be available when you open or save files in these formats; for example, some file formats do not support embedded charts or formatted text.

Clipboard Formats

You can paste the following Clipboard formats into Microsoft Excel by using the Paste or Paste Special command on the Edit menu.
   Format                       Notes   ------------------------------------------------------------------------   Picture                      Picture (Windows enhanced metafile, EMF)                                Note: If you copy a Windows metafile (WMF)                                picture from another program, Excel pastes                                 the item as an EMF picture.   Bitmap                       Bitmap (BMP)   Microsoft Excel formats      Binary file formats for Excel versions 3.0,                                4.0, 5.0/95, and 97-2000 (BIFF, BIFF3,                                BIFF4, BIFF5, and BIFF8)   Symbolic link format         SYLK   Lotus 1-2-3 Release 2.x      .wk1   format   Data interchange format      .dif   Text (tab-delimited) format  Text   Comma-separated values       .csv   Formatted text (only from    Rich Text Format (RTF)   Microsoft Excel)   Embedded Object              Excel objects, objects from properly                                registered programs that support OLE 2.0                                (OwnerLink), and Picture or another                                presentation format   Linked object                OwnerLink, ObjectLink, Link, Picture, or                                other format   Office drawing object        Office drawing object format or picture                                (Windows enhanced metafile format, EMF)   Text                         Display Text, OEM Text   HTML                         .htm                                NOTE: when you copy text from another                                program, Excel pastes the text in HTML                                format, regardless of the format of the                                original text.				

Article ID: 179886 - Last Review: 10/05/2004 20:17:18 - Revision: 4.1

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