CHAT File Extension

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IRC Chat Configuration Format
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What is CHAT file?

CHAT is a file extension commonly associated with IRC Chat Configuration Format files. CHAT file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Mac OS, Windows system platform. CHAT file belongs to the Web Files category just like 190 other filename extensions listed in our database. Users are advised to use mIRC software for managing CHAT files, although 3 other programs can also handle this type of file. mIRC software was developed by mIRC Co. Ltd., and on its official website you may find more information about CHAT files or the mIRC software program.

Programs which support CHAT file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support CHAT files. Files with CHAT 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 CHAT file

How to open file with CHAT extension?

Problems with accessing CHAT may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to IRC Chat Configuration Format 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 CHAT files.

Step 1. Install mIRC software

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports CHAT files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install mIRC or one to the listed programs: Snak, Colloquy, XChat. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit mIRC website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update mIRC to the latest version

If you already have mIRC installed on your systems and CHAT files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why CHAT files are not compatible with mIRC. The most recent version of mIRC is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open CHAT files to mIRC

If you have the latest version of mIRC installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage CHAT on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the CHAT with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where mIRC is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open CHAT files and clicking OK.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected CHAT file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select mIRC and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with CHAT extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the CHAT file is complete and free of 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 CHAT file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Check the CHAT file for viruses or malware

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

2. Verify that the CHAT file’s structure is intact

If the CHAT 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 CHAT 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

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle mIRC

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with CHAT extension. In this case close the other applications.

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

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with IRC Chat Configuration Format files. It may be the case that the CHAT files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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