Do you have an idea for Dropbox Paper? Share it with us here!



I'm not able to edit my Excel files, I can only view them. What can I do?

New member | Level 2

I am not on shared files or a business!  Recently, withing a couple months, when I attempt to open document files, it does not go to the file where I can edit them.  I cant find a way to edit my excel files.  It seems as if it is read only.  How can I get back to opening a file and actually going there and be able to work with it???

Tags (1)
1 Reply

Re: unable to edit excell files


Hey there @larerobe, thanks for reaching out here!

Are you possibly opening your Excel files on the website? It sounds like you might be previewing the file, where you wouldn't be able to make any changes.

If you're indeed using the website, can you click the "Open" option next to the file name in your Files page and choose to open with Microsoft Excel Online? You can also check out the exact steps here.

Let me if this helps or if you're opening the file another way- thanks!

Community Moderator @ Dropbox

Heart Did this post help you? If so, please give it a Like below. 
White check mark Did this post fix your issue/answer your question? If so please press the 'Accept as Solution' button to help others find it.
Arrows Counter Clock Still stuck? Ask me a question! (
Questions asked in the community will likely receive an answer within 4 hours!)

Syncing and uploads

Have a question? Our Dropbox Community is here to help!

Post your question or search for an answer below.

Learn more about using the Community by reading our Community Guidelines.

Hi anonymous,

If you need more help you can log a ticket with our Support Team here (expected response time 24 hours), or contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

For more info on available support options, see this article.

If you found the answer to your question, please 'like' the post to say thanks to the user!

I'm not able to edit my Excel files, I can only view them. What can I do?
1 Reply
Looking for Dropbox Paper users
Do you use Dropbox Paper?

If so, we're starting a design feedback group and we'd love for you to be a part of it. We have paid feedback opportunities - both in person and remotely - for English speaking users based in the US.

Interested? Take the short survey to let us know.

Take the survey
Who's talking
Top contributors to this post