File Extension SDW

  • Full name Text Document Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a SDW 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 SDW file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your SDW file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is SDW file?

The extension SDW denotes a document of the word processor StarOffice Writer. An SDW file contains texts and formatting instructions as well as pictures and graphics.

More info

This format was used by older versions of Writer. Newer variants use the OpenDocument format odt.

StarOffice was originally developed by the German company Star Division. The word processor StarWriter presented the basis of the package that first appeared for MS-DOS and subsequently for Windows. In 1999, Star Division was acquired by Sun Microsystems and ported StarOffice to various platforms. The components of the office suite have been changed several times. In 2000, the source code was published by StarOffice, from which the open source project OpenOffice.Org was created. Nevertheless, there was a commercial variant that offered additional support. From version 8 StarOffice supports the OpenDocument standard.

Programs which can open a SDW file

How to open file with SDW extension?

In order to open a file with SDW extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening SDW file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with SDW files, follow the instructions below.
Install or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening SDW files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support SDW files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of SDW files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set as the default program for opening SDW files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate SDW files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with SDW files

Sometimes problems with opening SDW files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • SDW files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open SDW files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • SDW file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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