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 created 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 an issue this post will help you convert and open Mac-specific .numbers file using Office Excel on Windows 10/8/7.
Can I open an Apple Numbers file in Excel?
Yes, you can open an Apple Numbers file in Microsoft Excel on Windows computers, with a little help from iCloud. To get your .numbers file into a recognizable state for Windows, you first need to open it in the iCloud version of Numbers. This is a free edition of the Apple app that you access online.
Sign in with your Apple ID. Click on Numbers from the various apps. Open the drop-down menu, select Upload Spreadsheet, and then navigate to your .numbers file and click Open.
How do I open Apple Numbers in Excel in Windows?
When the Numbers file is open, go to the spanner icon in the upper right area of the screen. Click this and a dropdown menu will appear. Click on Download a Copy and then choose Excel from the list of file formats. After this, Numbers will convert the file which you can open and use 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.
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
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.
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.
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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