File Extension SXW

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

What is SXW file?

The file extension SXW was used by the versions 1.X of the word processor OpenOffice.Org Writer for own documents. Newer versions use the OpenDocument format odt.

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These files can contain text, formatting, fonts as well as pictures.

Writer is part of the OpenSource Office suite OpenOffice.Org. Version 1.X corresponds to version 6.X of the Sun Microsystems (StarDivision) StarOffice. OpenOffice.Org originated from this after its source code was disclosed. StarOffice continued to be sold commercially and offered extended support.

In 2009 Sun was bought by Oracle, who discontinued the commercial version in 2011.

Programs which can open a SXW file

How to open file with SXW extension?

In order to open a file with SXW extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening SXW 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 SXW files, follow the instructions below.
Install or other program from the list

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

Set as the default program for opening SXW 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 SXW 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 SXW files

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

  • File data is corrupted
  • SXW 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 SXW files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • SXW 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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