Excel File Saving as PDF

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I'm having a problem where when I save an Excel file it saves as a pdf. It still has the extension xlsx, but the icon identifies it as a pdf. (See attached screen shot that shows Toby Fund Donors.xlsx.) In most cases it will open as an Excel doc. But I've also had situations where I am unable to open the file at all. I've confirmed in Excel Options that the files should be saved as an Excel Workbook. And I also reinstalled MS Office, but that hasn't helped. I'm flummoxed!

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Hi, did you try to change the default opening application?

Just like this : Right mouse click on the document ( Here : Toby found donors ), --> " Open with "
select Excel in the list, or try " select another application "

If it doesn't work, you can look at the settings, Apps > Default apps and click " Choose the default applications by file type ", maybe you will find .xlsx and choose Excel !


You can use the Office programs to save or convert your files to PDFs so that you can share them or print them using commercial printers. And you won’t need any other software or add-ins.

For for instructions click on the Link.

Save or convert to PDF or XPS in Project desktop



would be happy to know if I could help.



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I found Choose a Default App in Settings and see a list in which the .xlsx extension is associated with Adobe Acrobat Document. So that identifies the problem. But I'm not seeing an option to actually change the default app. There's just the list.

best response confirmed by Escuincla (Occasional Contributor)
Nevermind, I just saw what to click on to change the default ... and it worked! So thank you for your help.

A pleasure !