by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 29, 2014)
Do you have a bunch of older Lotus 1-2-3 files that need converting into Excel 2010 or Excel 2013 files? If so, you may have noticed that neither of the Excel versions include an import filter for Lotus files. It appears that this capability was removed, starting with Excel 2010.
So what is a person to do? There are a couple of possible solutions. One is to get yourself a copy of Open Office (it's free at openoffice.org) and then load the Lotus files into it. They can then be saved out in a format that Excel should easily understand.
Of course, before you install Open Office, you may want to check to see if you have a copy of Lotus 1-2-3 available on any of the systems around your office. If you do, you could simply load the files into that program and then save them out in Excel format. While Excel 2010 may not read Lotus files, it will read older Excel formats quite nicely.
You may also have gathered from the earlier comments that Lotus files could be loaded into older versions of Excel. This is true, so it means that if you have access to a system that has an older version of Excel (such as Excel 2003), you could load the Lotus files into it and then save them in Excel format.
If you have many, many files that need to be converted, you might also think about outsourcing the conversion task to a third-party. There are many companies that offer this service; just do a Web search for a term such as "Lotus to Excel conversion."
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