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How do I make Excel the default app to open .xls data files?

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How to set Excel as default app to open .xls data files:

  • Select the Windows Icon in the start bar.
  • In the Search Bar, type "Default Programs."
  • Click "Default Programs."
  • Wait for the app to start, then select "Set your default programs."
  • Find desired Excel version in the list.
  • Select desired Excel version and select "Set this program as default."
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