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AVL File Extension

ArcView Legend Format
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What is AVL file?

AVL filename suffix is mostly used for ArcView Legend Format files. ESRI defined the ArcView Legend Format format standard. AVL files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. Files with AVL extension are categorized as GIS Files files. The GIS Files subset comprises 255 various file formats. The most popular program for handling AVL files is ArcGIS Desktop, but users can choose among 1 different programs that support this file format. Software named ArcGIS Desktop was created by Esri. In order to find more detailed information on the software and AVL files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support AVL file extension

The following listing features AVL-compatible programs. Files with AVL suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support AVL file

How to open file with AVL extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening AVL files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with AVL extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with AVL files.

Step 1. Get the ArcGIS Desktop

Install software to open AVL file Problems with opening and working with AVL files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with AVL files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select ArcGIS Desktop or one of the recommended programs (for example, ArcView) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support AVL files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit ArcGIS Desktop website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update ArcGIS Desktop to the latest version

Update software that support file extension AVLIf you already have ArcGIS Desktop installed on your systems and AVL files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that ArcGIS Desktop cannot handle files with AVL may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using ArcGIS Desktop.

Step 3. Set the default application to open AVL files to ArcGIS Desktop

After installing ArcGIS Desktop (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open AVL files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with AVL file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Right-click the AVL file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where ArcGIS Desktop is installed, check the Always use this app to open AVL files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with AVL file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the AVL file and select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with AVL extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the AVL for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper AVL file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check AVL file for viruses
1. Verify that the AVL in question is not infected with a computer virus

Should it happed that the AVL is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the AVL file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. AVL file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic AVL file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the AVL file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle ArcGIS Desktop

If the systems has insufficient resources to open AVL files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with ArcView Legend Format file. It may be the case that the AVL files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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