Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Which File Formats Does Office 2010 Support?
Type
Extension Description
PDF
.pdf
This export-only format lets you create
documents that can be viewed on nearly any
computer. For more information, see “Sharing Your
Work in PDF and Other Formats” on page 95.
XPS Document
.xps
This export-only format provides a
crossplatform alternative to PDF. For more
information, see “Sharing Your Work in PDF and Other
Formats” on page 95.
Single File Web Page
.mht or
.mhtl
This format, which stores all components of a
web page in a single file for easy portability,
can be viewed in most modern web browsers.
Web Page
.htm or
.html
This format uses a standard HTML file along
with supporting files (such as pictures and style
sheets) in a like-named subfolder.
Text (Tab Delimited)
Unicode Text
Text (Macintosh)
Text (MS-DOS)
.txt
Each of these formats creates a plain-text file
in which each cell in a row is separated by a
tab character. The difference among the four
variants is the character encoding.
CSV (Comma Delimited)
CSV (Macintosh)
CSV (MS-DOS)
.csv
These formats are similar to the preceding
format, except that a comma separates each
cell value.
Formatted Text (Space
Delimited)
.prn
This plain-text file uses spaces to align columns
of data.
DIF (Data Interchange
Format)
.dif
This is a text file format that dates back to the
1980s; it’s designed for moving data between
different spreadsheet programs.
SYLK (Symbolic Link)
.slk
This is another format for exchanging data
between different spreadsheet programs.
XML Data
.xml
This format can be used in custom data
interchange applications.
XML Spreadsheet 2003
.xml
This format uses XML tags that correspond to
an XML schema, making it useful for some
custom data interchange applications.
OpenDocument Spreadsheet .ods
This XML-based format was originally
developed for use with the OpenOffice.org office
suite.
Access Database
.mdb,
.mde,
.accdb,
.accde
These import-only formats let you use data
from an Access database.
Query File
.iqy, .dqy,
.oqy, .rqy
These import-only formats let you use data
from a SQL Server database.
dBase File
.dbf
These import-only formats let you use data
from a dBase database.
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