Have you ever clicked on a file and gotten that message saying your system needs to find the correct program to open the file? Often times this is frustrating for users and they curse the use of file extensions. Even though the truth is that file extensions are very useful. They not only tell the computer what program to use to open a file, but they tell you the same information as well. The trick is knowing what to look for.
Have you ever heard of a file with an ods file extension? If so, you may be wanting to know how to open an ods file. To open an ods file you will need Open Office which is a free open-source software suite similar to Microsoft Office. The ods file is a spread sheet file similar to excel so in order to open ods files you need to download and install the Open Office program Calc which is the Open Office version of a spreadsheet.
Most modern up to date office software suites will convert the file to a spreadsheet version that will open the ods file, but the easy way to insure that you can open ods files is to use Open Office. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s worth a try.