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What is an XXN File?


Question: What is an XXN File?

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

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

Answer: A file with the XXN file extension is a Dimenzo Text Editor file.

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

How To Open an XXN File

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

I'm assuming that the Dimenzo text editor program opens and edits XXN files but I can't find a link to the program anywhere, meaning it's probably a defunct program. It's also very possible that XXN files are simply text-only files, meaning if you have an XXN file, you can probably open it with any text editor, including Notepad in Windows.

If you know anything else about XXN 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 XXN file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open XXN 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 XXN File

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

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

Remember though, XXN files could be text-only files, meaning "converting" one might just mean renaming the file extension.

Still Having Problems Opening or Using an XXN 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 XXN file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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