DRW File Extension

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Drawing Format

What is DRW file?

DRW file extension is used by generic files that store drawings created with some application. DRW files store vector graphics format that uses lines instead of dots.

Programs which support DRW file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open DRW files divided into 2 categories according to system platform supported. Files with DRW extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Updated: 02/13/2020

How to open file with DRW extension?

Problems with accessing DRW may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with DRW extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install CorelDRAW software

Problems with opening and working with DRW files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with DRW files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select CorelDRAW or one of the recommended programs (for example, PaintShop Pro, Corel Presentations, Pro/Engineer) 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. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit CorelDRAW website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of CorelDRAW

You still cannot access DRW files although CorelDRAW 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. This can be one of the causes why DRW files are not compatible with CorelDRAW. The latest version of CorelDRAW should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign CorelDRAW to DRW files

If you have the latest version of CorelDRAW installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage DRW on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the DRW file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where CorelDRAW is installed, check the Always use this app to open DRW files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with DRW extension, select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with DRW extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the DRW is not faulty

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the DRW file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. The DRW may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the DRW is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. DRW file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

If you obtained the problematic DRW file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the DRW file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

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. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run CorelDRAW

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

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

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

Conversion of a DRW file

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