File Extension SILK

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

Description

The file extension SILK identifies a file that exists in the symbolic link format. This file format was developed by Microsoft to transfer data between spreadsheets and other database applications.

The files contain text that uses semicolons to separate the contents of a cell by column, line, format, and content. These data are stored in ANSI format.

Complex formulas are stored in SYLK codes.

By default, the ending slk is used for these files. Occasionally, the syk ending occurs.

Although Microsoft did not release the specifications of SYLK, several variants of the format are supported by a number of applications. For a trouble-free support we recommend changing the file extension to slk.

Programs which can open a SILK file

How to open a SILK file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the SILK 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 SILK 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 SILK files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a SILK file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all SILK files.

Other issues

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

- verify that the SILK 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 SILK 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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