How to Make Excel Default on Mac


- Written by Puneet

In Mac, if Microsoft Excel is Installed you don’t need to make it default as it’s the default application to open spreadsheet files that are in xlsx format. But, if you still face a problem while opening these files with Excel, in this tutorial ahead, I have shared simple steps to make Excel default on Mac.

Steps to Make Excel Default on Mac

  1. First, make sure to have one Excel workbook in the xlsx format.
  2. After that, right-click on it and click on the “Get Info” option.
  3. Next, in the “Info” dialog box, go to the “Open” dropdown and select Microsoft Excel from the drop down.
  4. From here, click on the “Change All” button to apply this setting to all the files.
  5. Now, click on “Continue” to apply.
  6. In the end, close the “Info” dialog box.

Now whenever you open any file with the same extension files, it will get open with Microsoft Excel.

Excel as Default for Other Formats

If you have other formats like (CSV, XLSB, and others), and you want to use Excel use these files.


Just follow the steps we used earlier in this post. This means you need to change the default application for each of these formats one by one. But, if you have Excel installed on your Mac, you don’t need to do this, your Mac will do it for you automatically.

Opening Numbers File with Excel

Mac has Numbers as a Default Application for Spreadsheets.


And there is one thing that you need to know, Numbers application has its own file format and it’s not possible to open a spreadsheet file that is saved in “Numbers” Application format. When you change numbers to Excel for Number’s files, it will show you a dialog box that asks you if you want to open it.


But when you click “Yes” it will show you that this file is Corrupt.

Last Updated: April 20, 2024