How To Make Excel Default On Mac (Quick Guide)

If you frequently use Excel for your data management, financial calculations, or other spreadsheet tasks on your Mac, it can be beneficial to set it as your default spreadsheet application. This will ensure that Excel automatically opens when you double-click on spreadsheet files or when you create a new spreadsheet document.

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to make Excel your default spreadsheet software on Mac, making it more convenient and efficient for your workflow. Let’s get started!

Step-by-Step Guide to Make Excel Default on Mac

To make Excel the default program for opening spreadsheet files on your Mac, follow these simple steps:

Step 1

Locate any spreadsheet file on your Mac. Ensure that the file format is either .xlsx, .xls, or .csv, as these are the common file types that Excel supports.

Step 2

Right-click (or Control-click) on the file and select ‘Get Info’ from the context menu that appears. This will open a new window showing the file’s properties.

Step 3

In the ‘Get Info’ window, find the ‘Open with’ section. Within the ‘Open with’ section, you’ll see a dropdown menu displaying the current default application for opening this file type. Click on the dropdown menu to view a list of available applications.

Step 4

From the list of applications, select ‘Microsoft Excel’.

Step 5

Once you’ve selected Excel, click the ‘Change All…’ button right next to the dropdown menu. A confirmation dialog will appear, asking if you want to change the default application for all files of this type.

Click ‘Continue’ on the confirmation dialog to confirm the change. This will make Excel the default program for opening the selected spreadsheet file type on your Mac.

Repeat steps 1-7 for each spreadsheet file type you want Excel to open by default, such as .xlsx, .xls, or .csv files.


By following the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure that Excel automatically opens when you double-click on spreadsheet files streamlining your workflow and enhancing your productivity.

Whether you use Excel for personal or professional purposes, setting it as your default spreadsheet application can help you seamlessly integrate it into your daily tasks on your Mac. Give it a try, and enjoy the convenience of having Excel as your default spreadsheet software!