thanks for your help!
so, to save it i had to open it and it opened as an excel file.
i then followed the steps you set out and managed to save it as an open office spreadsheet file. though i didn't play around with it too much and the formatting is a bit odd.
the thing is i want to be able to dowload direct to open office because i only have a trial copy of excel on this computer, which is not going to let me use it without a key beyond a number of 'hits', and which i want to avoid paying for, hence dowloading office in the first place!
thanks for any further thoughts,
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