Did you find a CV file on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone emailed you a CV file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the CV file but Windows told you that it could not open it.
Before you can open a CV 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 .CV file extension refers to.
Important:The common use of "CV" refers to a curriculum vitae which is like a longer and more detailed version of a resume. So in this case, a "CV File" might simply be referring to a file of any type (e.g. PDF) that's used to store a curriculum vitae.
Some files with the CV file extension might also be Cvip files, but I don't have much information on what a Cvip file actually is.
Other types of files may also use the CV file extension. If you know of any additional file formats that use the .CV extension, please let me know so I can update this information.
How To Open a CV File:
The easiest way to open a CV file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the CV file then you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit CV 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.
CV files that are Versions files can be opened with Corel Versions, an add-on program that existed only with Corel WordPerfect 9.
A CV file that's a CodeView file might be able to be opened by Microsoft Visual Studio, considering that the CodeView program is not integrated as part of that software suite's debugging tools, but I haven't been able to test this personally.
If you know anything else about the CV file extension, please let me know so I can update this page.
Tip: Use Notepad or another text editor to open the CV 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 CV files but it's worth a try.
If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the CV file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open CV files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.
How To Convert a CV File:
There are two main ways to attempt to convert a CV file to another file type:
- Open the CV 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 CV file to another file format.
The first option involving opening the CV 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 CV files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.
Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the CV 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 a CV File?
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