FEATURE File Extension

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SharePoint Feature Format

What is FEATURE file?

Full format name of files that use FEATURE extension is SharePoint Feature Format. SharePoint Feature Format specification was created by Microsoft. Files with FEATURE extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. Files with FEATURE extension are categorized as Developer Files files. The Developer Files subset comprises 1055 various file formats. Users are advised to use Microsoft Visual Studio software for managing FEATURE files, although 1 other programs can also handle this type of file. Software named Microsoft Visual Studio was created by Microsoft Corporation. In order to find more detailed information on the software and FEATURE files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support FEATURE file extension

Programs that can handle FEATURE files are as follows. Files with FEATURE 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.

Programs that support FEATURE file

How to open file with FEATURE extension?

Problems with accessing FEATURE may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with FEATURE files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Visual Studio software

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening FEATURE files is that no program that can handle FEATURE files is installed on user’s system. The solution is straightforward, just download and install Microsoft Visual Studio. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support FEATURE files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Visual Studio installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft Visual Studio

If you already have Microsoft Visual Studio installed on your systems and FEATURE files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. 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 FEATURE files are not compatible with Microsoft Visual Studio. The latest version of Microsoft Visual Studio should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate SharePoint Feature Format files with Microsoft Visual Studio

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Visual Studio installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage FEATURE on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

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 FEATURE 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 Microsoft Visual Studio installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open FEATURE files box and clicking OK button.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected FEATURE file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select Microsoft Visual Studio and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with FEATURE extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the FEATURE for errors

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

1. Verify that the FEATURE in question is not infected with a computer virus

Should it happed that the FEATURE is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. FEATURE file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic FEATURE file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. 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. It could happen the the download process of file with FEATURE extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

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

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

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft Visual Studio

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

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with SharePoint Feature Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle FEATURE files.

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