EXC File Extension

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Microsoft Word Exclusion Dictionary Format
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What is EXC file?

EXC is a file extension commonly associated with Microsoft Word Exclusion Dictionary Format files. Microsoft Word Exclusion Dictionary Format format was developed by Microsoft. EXC file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. Files with EXC extension are categorized as Data Files files. The Data Files subset comprises 1326 various file formats. The software recommended for managing EXC files is Microsoft Word. Software named Microsoft Word was created by Microsoft Corporation. In order to find more detailed information on the software and EXC files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support EXC file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support EXC files. Files with EXC 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 EXC file

How to open file with EXC extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening EXC files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with EXC 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. Download and install Microsoft Word

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening EXC files is that no program that can handle EXC files is installed on user’s system. To address this issue, go to the Microsoft Word developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Word website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update Microsoft Word to the latest version

You still cannot access EXC files although Microsoft Word 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. If you have an older version of Microsoft Word installed, it may not support EXC format. 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 Word.

Step 3. Set the default application to open EXC files to Microsoft Word

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

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the EXC with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • 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 Microsoft Word installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open EXC files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the EXC file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with EXC extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the EXC file is complete and free of errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the EXC file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

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

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the EXC file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the EXC file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

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

If the EXC 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 EXC 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

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Microsoft Word Exclusion Dictionary Format file again.

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

If the systems has insufficient resources to open EXC files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

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

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Microsoft Word Exclusion Dictionary Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with EXC files affecting older versions of given software.

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