GBL File Extension

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Microsoft Visual Basic Global Definition
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    Microsoft Corporation
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What is GBL file?

GBL filename suffix is mostly used for Microsoft Visual Basic Global Definition files. Microsoft Visual Basic Global Definition specification was created by Microsoft Corporation. Files with GBL extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. Files with GBL extension are categorized as Developer Files files. The Developer Files subset comprises 1015 various file formats. The most popular software that supports GBL files is Microsoft Visual Studio. Software named Microsoft Visual Studio was created by Microsoft Corporation. In order to find more detailed information on the software and GBL files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support GBL file extension

Programs that can handle GBL files are as follows. Files with GBL 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 GBL file

How to open file with GBL extension?

Being unable to open files with GBL extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with GBL files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Visual Studio

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports GBL files installed on the system. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download Microsoft Visual Studio and install it on your device. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. 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. Check the version of Microsoft Visual Studio and update if needed

If the problems with opening GBL files still occur even after installing Microsoft Visual Studio, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Microsoft Visual Studio is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that Microsoft Visual Studio cannot handle files with GBL may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of Microsoft Visual Studio should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Visual Studio to GBL files

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 GBL 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.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the GBL file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • 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 GBL files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected GBL file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with GBL extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

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

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

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

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the GBL 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. GBL file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

If the GBL file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with GBL 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. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Microsoft Visual Basic Global Definition file again.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Microsoft Visual Studio

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

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 Microsoft Visual Basic Global Definition file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle GBL files.

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