I want to find the least challenging method of getting a shapefile into Excel.
I understand this is often achieved using an .svg file (which must be converted from an .shp).
Do you mean you want it to display in excel? if youre just wanting the attribute data then you can either select all the records in the attribute table and copy them over to a new excel sheet, or you can open the DBF file for the appropriate shapefile and then edit the data that way.
Once you create a shp file, it creates five other extensions and one of them is the DBF extension, which you can open it in Excel.