Apple Numbers

Version11(as of 10/6/2021)
PlatformsMac, Web
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Rating:3.3  |  23 Votes

Main Features

  • Support for the Office Open XML .XLSX format
  • iCloud syncing across all devices running Numbers
  • Creativity tools for choosing fonts and style of spreadsheets
  • Over 30 prebuilt Apple designed templates
  • Play web videos directly in spreadsheets
  • Convert handwriting into text
  • More than 700 customizable shapes

Software Overview

Screenshot of Apple Numbers 11
Screenshot of Apple Numbers 11

Apple Numbers is a macOS app used to organize, analyze, and visualize data in spreadsheets. It is one of Apple's three productivity apps, along with Pages and Keynote, and is also available for iOS devices and as an iCloud web app.

Numbers supports over 250 functions and comes with a variety of tools for organizing and visualizing your data, which includes over 700 customizable shapes. You can insert media, tables, and charts, and edit graphics. And while the application uses the proprietary .NUMBERS format for saving spreadsheets, the software also supports the Microsoft Excel .XLSX and .XLS formats.

Numbers allows you to create spreadsheets much like Excel but gives you the freedom to create more visually pleasing layouts. You can choose fonts and style cell borders as well as add, resize, and apply styles to tables. Numbers also comes with over 30 prebuilt templates that enable you to skip the work involved in designing your own spreadsheet themes.


Numbers is an application designed for macOS users looking for an alternative to Microsoft Excel. It comes with support for more than 250 functions and the freedom to design the layout of your spreadsheets. However, the app fails to supply the same amount of power as its Microsoft competitor, producing satisfactory results when working with spreadsheets. Therefore, if you can afford the cost, stay with Excel.

Primary File Type

numbers icon.NUMBERSApple Numbers Spreadsheet

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.NUMBERSApple Numbers Spreadsheet
.CSVComma-Separated Values File
.CWKClarisWorks Document
.IWAiWork Archive File
.NMBTEMPLATENumbers Spreadsheet Template
.OFXOpen Financial Exchange File
.XLSMicrosoft Excel Spreadsheet (Legacy)
.XLSXMicrosoft Excel Spreadsheet
Updated 10/6/2021