DWFX File Extension

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What is DWFX file?

DWFX is a drawing file (2D or 3D) created by popular software tool AutoCAD. DWFX file store information such as project data (3D or 2D drawings), metadata, and object properties. DWFX format was developed by Autodesk.

Usage of DWFX files

DWFX are chiefly used for sharing CAD project data. Users can open DWFX file and view stored project or print it.

DWFX files and XPS specification

DWFX file format is closely related to DWF format – basically, it is a newer version of it. The only difference is that DWFX uses XML Paper Specification (XPS) data format, and as such can be viewed with Microsoft XPS Viewer. XPS is a standard developed by Autodesk and Microsoft to integrate DWF technology with Windows systems.

Programs which support DWFX file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support DWFX files. Files with DWFX 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 DWFX file

Updated: 02/03/2020

How to open file with DWFX extension?

Being unable to open files with DWFX extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Design Web Format XPS 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 DWFX files.

Step 1. Get the AutoCAD

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports DWFX files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select AutoCAD or one of the recommended programs (for example, Autodesk Design Review, Microsoft XPS Viewer, Autodesk Inventor) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support DWFX 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 AutoCAD website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of AutoCAD and update if needed

You still cannot access DWFX files although AutoCAD is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that AutoCAD cannot handle files with DWFX may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of AutoCAD is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign AutoCAD to DWFX files

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

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the DWFX file
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the AutoCAD installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open DWFX files box and clicking OK button.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the DWFX file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • 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 DWFX extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the DWFX 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 DWFX file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

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

Should it happed that the DWFX is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the DWFX file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Ensure the file with DWFX extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the DWFX file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with DWFX extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

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

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support DWFX files. Close all running programs and try opening the DWFX 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 Design Web Format XPS Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with DWFX files affecting older versions of given software.

Conversion of a DWFX file

File Conversions from DWFX extension to a different format
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