If you’ve ever been sent an Excel file (XLSX) but don’t have Microsoft Excel installed on your computer, don’t worry. Google Sheets, a free online tool, can help you open and edit XLSX files with ease. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do this:
Step 1: Access Google Sheets
The first step is to visit the Google Sheets website. You can do this by typing “Google Sheets” into your search engine or by clicking this link: Google Sheets. Make sure that you’re logged into your Google account. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to create one to proceed.
Step 2: Open the File
Once you’re on the Google Sheets page, look towards the bottom right of the screen. You should see a ‘+’ symbol with the word ‘Blank.’ To the left of this, there’s a folder icon labelled ‘Open file picker.’ Click on this icon.
Step 3: Upload the XLSX File
After clicking the ‘Open file picker’ icon, a new window will open. Navigate to the ‘Upload’ tab, then either drag the XLSX file into the window or click ‘Select a file from your device’ to manually locate and select the file on your computer.
Step 4: Wait for the File to Upload and Convert
Once you’ve selected the file, Google Sheets will take care of the rest. It’ll upload the file and automatically convert it into a format that can be edited within Google Sheets. This process may take a few moments, depending on the size and complexity of the file.
Step 5: Edit Your File
After the file has been uploaded and converted, it’ll open in a new Google Sheets tab. From here, you can view and edit the file as needed. Remember that any changes you make will be automatically saved to your Google Drive.
This is how you can open an XLSX file in Google Sheets. It’s a simple and straightforward process that doesn’t require you to download any special software or sign up for a paid service. So, the next time you receive an XLSX file, don’t panic. Just head over to Google Sheets!