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I can't edit my Excel file when I open it on my iPad

Explorer | Level 3

Hi,

I'm using Dropbox on my iPad and opening excel files in the Dropbox App. When I want to edit them, I'm tapping 'Open' on the file in the Dropbox app. Which then opens the File in the Excel app.

The problem is that I am then unable to edit the document and am seeing an error message telling me that the file is ready only'. Image below.

I am using the latest versions of iOS, Dropbox and Excel on my iPad.

Any ideas would be really welcome!

Thanks,

DWTCD

 

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Re: I can't edit my Excel file when I open it on my iPad

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Super User II

As the message states, the file is more than likely in an older Excel file format (2007 or older). Newer versions of Excel save files in a different format. While you can open and view the older formats, you usually can't edit them in the iOS apps. This is a Microsoft issue, and unrelated to Dropbox.

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Re: I can't edit my Excel file when I open it on my iPad

Super User II
Super User II

As the message states, the file is more than likely in an older Excel file format (2007 or older). Newer versions of Excel save files in a different format. While you can open and view the older formats, you usually can't edit them in the iOS apps. This is a Microsoft issue, and unrelated to Dropbox.

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Re: I can't edit my Excel file when I open it on my iPad

Explorer | Level 3

Ah,

Ok, that makes sense.

Thanks for your help.

DWTCD

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