In order to convert Lotus 1-2-3 files to Excel, a users must first obtain a file converter. As of 2014, the converter is available with some versions of Microsoft.
Users who do not have a current version of Microsoft Office can obtain a downloadable converter by visiting support.microsoft.com. When opening a Lotus 1-2-3 file in Excel, the appearance of the file may differ. Objects, drawings, lines and text boxes many not show in the Excel version. When opening the file in Excel, users should also note that the Lotus file will be saved into a single workbook file. The formatting will remain the same and it can be converted back into Lotus 1-2-3.