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What is an XLR File?


Question: What is an XLR File?

Did you find an XLR file on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone emailed you an XLR file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the XLR file but Windows told you that it could not open it.

Before you can open an XLR 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 .XLR file extension refers to.

Answer: A file with the XLR file extension is a Works Spreadsheet or Chart file.

Other types of files may also use the XLR file extension. If you know of any additional file formats that use the .XLR extension, please let me know so I can update this information.

How To Open an XLR File

The easiest way to open an XLR file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the XLR file then you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit XLR 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.

XLR files can be opened and edited with the now discontinued Microsoft Works. Some versions of Microsoft Office Excel and the free OpenOffice Calc can also open XLR files.

Tip: If you are using Excel or Calc, try opening that program first and then navigating to the XLR file that you want to open. You'll usually have better luck opening the file this way than trying to configure your computer to open XLR files with one of those programs by default.

If you know anything else useful about XLR files, please let me know so I can update this page.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the XLR file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open XLR 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 XLR File

There are two main ways to attempt to convert an XLR file to another file type:

The first option involving opening the XLR 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 XLR files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.

Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the XLR 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. However, some people have had luck renaming XLR files to XLS and opening with Microsoft Excel or other programs that open XLS files.

Still Having Problems Opening or Using an XLR File?

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the XLR file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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