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CDS File Extension

ChemDraw Stationery Document
  • Developer
    CambridgeSoft Corporation
  • Category
    Document Files
  • Popularity
    4.2 (7 votes)

What is CDS file?

Full format name of files that use CDS extension is ChemDraw Stationery Document. CambridgeSoft Corporation defined the ChemDraw Stationery Document format standard. Files with CDS extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. CDS file format, along with 574 other file formats, belongs to the Document Files category. The software recommended for managing CDS files is ChemDraw. Software named ChemDraw was created by CambridgeSoft Corporation. In order to find more detailed information on the software and CDS files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support CDS file extension

Programs that can handle CDS files are as follows. Files with CDS 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 CDS file

Windows Windows

How to open file with CDS extension?

Problems with accessing CDS may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to ChemDraw Stationery Document files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with CDS files.

Step 1. Get the ChemDraw

Install software to open CDS file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports CDS files installed on the system. The solution is straightforward, just download and install ChemDraw. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download ChemDraw installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit CambridgeSoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update ChemDraw to the latest version

Update software that support file extension CDSYou still cannot access CDS files although ChemDraw is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of ChemDraw installed, it may not support CDS format. The latest version of ChemDraw should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate ChemDraw Stationery Document files with ChemDraw

If you have the latest version of ChemDraw installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage CDS on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with CDS file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the CDS file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where ChemDraw is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open CDS files and clicking OK.
Associate software with CDS file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the CDS 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....
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with CDS extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the CDS is not faulty

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 CDS file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check CDS file for viruses
1. The CDS may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the CDS is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the CDS file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the CDS file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the CDS file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with CDS extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the ChemDraw Stationery Document file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open ChemDraw

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support CDS files. Close all running programs and try opening the CDS file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with ChemDraw Stationery Document file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with CDS files affecting older versions of given software.

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