How to convert and open Apple Numbers file in Excel on Windows PC

There are many people, who have Windows as well as Mac computers and use both these OSs. When you do so, you might at times face difficulties like opening a file create by one OS on the other computer. For instance, Apple provides some alternatives to Microsoft Office i.e. Pages, Numbers, Keynote. The problem is that Mac’s tools have different file formats that are not supported on Windows. If you create a file using Numbers, you may not be able to open that file on Windows because Mac’s Numbers has .numbers extension, which is not supported on Windows. Or, let’s assume that someone has sent you a spreadsheet that has .numbers extension, but you do not know how to open it. If you face such issue this post will help you convert and open Mac-specific .numbers file using Office Excel on Windows 10/8/7.

Open Numbers file in Excel

There are two different ways you can use to convert and open .numbers file on Windows. The first method applies to those who have a Mac computer as well as a Windows computer. The second method is suitable for those, who have only a Windows computer.

Using Numbers tool for Mac

The Numbers tool for Mac allows users to export .numbers file or any other spreadsheet to Excel compatible file format. If you have a .xlsx file, you can open it with Excel for Windows.

To begin, create or open the spreadsheet in Numbers and click on File > Export to > Excel.

Open Numbers file in Excel

Next, you can select the file format you want. Choose .xlsx for the newer version of Microsoft Office Excel and .xls for Excel 1997-2004. Now pick a path where you want to save your file. This works with Google Spreadsheet as well.

Online Numbers file conversion tool

You can use any converter to convert .numbers file to .xlsx file format. Zamzar and CloudConvert are two of the best online file converters out there.

Head over to the Zamzar website, choose the file that you want to convert, select the output file format (xlsx, xls, csv etc.), enter your email ID and hit the Convert button.

convert and open .numbers file on Windows

You will get your converted file via email.

If you wish, you can use CloudConvert, which is also pretty good. Go to the CloudConvert website, upload your file to the CloudConvert server, choose a file format that you want to convert to, and hit the Start Conversion button.

convert and open .numbers file on Windows

Unlike Zamzar, you can get your converted file right on the same screen. After downloading, you can open that file in Excel on your Windows computer.

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