File Extension QXD

  • Full name
    QuarkXPress Document Format
  • Developer
    Quark Software
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a QXD file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a QXD file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your QXD file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The QXD file extension is linked to the QuarkXPress Document Format. QuarkXPress is a desktop publishing software used primarily by printers, publishers, and advertising agencies to design and print publications, catalogs, and other high-quality print products.

QXD is a proprietary format that can only be opened and edited with QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign (using the Markzware plugin). The QXD format includes texts and layout instructions, but not images and fonts. These must be supplied separately to get everything displayed correctly.

If you do not have access to one of the programs, you should ask the creator to export the QXD file as a pdf or eps file. These file formats can be imported into many more (even free) programs and continue to edit.

It should also be noted that Quark's QXD format was changed to version 6.0 and replaced with qxp. However, Qxd files can be read in a newer version of quarkXPress.

Programs which can open a QXD file

How to open a QXD file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the QXD file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a QXD file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support QXD files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a QXD file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all QXD files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with QXD there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the QXD file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the QXD file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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