Did you find an ASCX file on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone emailed you an ASCX file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the ASCX file but Windows told you that it could not open it.
Before you can open an ASCX file (assuming it's even a file format that's intended to be viewed or edited), you'll need to determine what kind of file the .ASCX file extension refers to.
Other types of files may also use the ASCX file extension. If you know of any additional file formats that use the .ASCX extension, please let me know so I can update this information.
How To Open an ASCX File:
The easiest way to open an ASCX file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the ASCX file then you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit ASCX files.
Warning: Take great care when opening executable file formats received via email or downloaded from websites you're not familiar with. See my List of Executable File Extensions for a listing of file extensions to avoid and why.
ASCX files can be opened by ASP.NET. ASCX files are not intended to be viewed or opened by the browser. If you've downloaded an ASCX file and expected it to contain information (like a document or other saved data), it's likely that something is wrong with the website and instead of generating usable information, it provided this server-side file instead.
If you know anything else useful about ASAX files, please let me know so I can update this page.
Tip: Use Notepad or another text editor to open the ASCX file. Many files are text-only files meaning no matter the file extension, a text editor may be able to properly display the file's contents. This may or may not be the case with ASCX files but it's worth a try.
If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the ASCX file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open ASCX files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.
How To Convert an ASCX File:
There are two main ways to attempt to convert an ASCX file to another file type:
- Open the ASCX file in its default program and choose to save the open file as another file format.
- Use a File Conversion Online Service or Software Program to convert the ASCX file to another file format.
The first option involving opening the ASCX file in its native program is preferable because it's both easier and will probably result in a more accurate file conversion. Of course if you don't have a program that opens ASCX files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.
Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the ASCX file extension) to one that your computer recognizes and expect the newly renamed file to be usable. An actual file format conversion using one of the methods described above must take place in most cases.
Still Having Problems Opening or Using an ASCX File?
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