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Normally you save your worksheets using Excel's native file formats. In this way you can maintain all the program features supported by Excel. You may have a need, however, to save your worksheets in a different format, such as Lotus 1-2-3, so they can be used by someone else who does not use Excel. To do this, you can follow these steps:
You should note that it may be possible in your version of Excel that there isn't a choice to save a worksheet in Lotus 1-2-3 format. If you need to have that capability, and you cannot see such a format in your version, you may need to use the Office Setup program to see which export filters are installed for your version of Excel.
It is always a good idea to maintain a "master copy" of your workbook in Excel format, and then only save a copy in Lotus 1-2-3 format if you have a need. This prevents any incompatibility problems that may crop up if you keep your work in a format not natively supported by Excel.
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