ECF File Extension

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Outlook Add-in
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What is ECF file?

ECF filename suffix is mostly used for Outlook Add-in files. ECF file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. ECF file belongs to the Plugin Files category just like 136 other filename extensions listed in our database. Microsoft Outlook supports ECF files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 1 other tools may also be used. On the official website of Microsoft Corporation developer not only will you find detailed information about theMicrosoft Outlook software, but also about ECF and other supported file formats.

Programs which support ECF file extension

The following listing features ECF-compatible programs. ECF files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support ECF file

How to open file with ECF extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening ECF files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with ECF 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. Get the Microsoft Outlook

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports ECF files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Outlook or different compatible program, such as Microsoft Office. 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 Outlook installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of Microsoft Outlook and update if needed

You still cannot access ECF files although Microsoft Outlook 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. This can be one of the causes why ECF files are not compatible with Microsoft Outlook. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Microsoft Outlook.

Step 3. Set the default application to open ECF files to Microsoft Outlook

After installing Microsoft Outlook (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open ECF files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

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

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with ECF extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select Microsoft Outlook and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with ECF extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the ECF is not faulty

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

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

If the ECF 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. ECF file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

If the ECF file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. 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. When downloading the file with ECF extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

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

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. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Outlook

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

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

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

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