DIF File Extension

DIF file icon
Data Interchange Format
  • Developer
    Microsoft
  • Popularity
    2.5 (8 votes)

What is DIF file?

DIF is a file extension commonly associated with Data Interchange Format files. Microsoft defined the Data Interchange Format format standard. Files with DIF extension may be used by programs distributed for , Linux, Mac OS, Windows platform. Files with DIF extension are categorized as Data Files files. The Data Files subset comprises 1258 various file formats. Users are advised to use Microsoft Excel software for managing DIF files, although 15 other programs can also handle this type of file. On the official website of Microsoft Corporation developer not only will you find detailed information about theMicrosoft Excel software, but also about DIF and other supported file formats.

Programs which support DIF file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 4 operating systems that support DIF files. Files with DIF suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

How to open file with DIF extension?

Being unable to open files with DIF extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Data Interchange Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Excel

Problems with opening and working with DIF files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with DIF files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select Microsoft Excel or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Access, Apache OpenOffice, Windows Notepad) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download Microsoft Excel installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft Excel

If you already have Microsoft Excel installed on your systems and DIF files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of Microsoft Excel installed, it may not support DIF format. The latest version of Microsoft Excel should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Excel to DIF files

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

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the DIF 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 Microsoft Excel is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open DIF files and clicking OK.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the DIF file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with DIF extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the DIF 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 DIF file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Check the DIF file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the DIF file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the DIF file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the DIF file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

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

Did you receive the DIF file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. 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 DIF file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Data Interchange Format file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Microsoft Excel

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

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Data Interchange Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the DIF files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

Conversion of a DIF file

File Conversions from DIF extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to DIF file
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