IDW File Extension

IDW file icon
Inventor Drawing
  • Developer
    Autodesk
  • Category
  • Popularity
    3.1 (10 votes)

What is IDW file?

IDW is a file extension commonly associated with Inventor Drawing files. Autodesk defined the Inventor Drawing format standard. Files with IDW extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. Files with IDW extension are categorized as CAD Files files. The CAD Files subset comprises 158 various file formats. Inventor supports IDW 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 Autodesk, Inc. developer not only will you find detailed information about theInventor software, but also about IDW and other supported file formats.

Programs which support IDW file extension

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

How to open file with IDW extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening IDW files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with IDW 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. Get the Inventor

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports IDW files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Inventor or one to the listed programs: Inventor View. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Inventor website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update Inventor to the latest version

You still cannot access IDW files although Inventor is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why IDW files are not compatible with Inventor. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Inventor.

Step 3. Assign Inventor to IDW files

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

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the IDW file and choose Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Inventor is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open IDW files and clicking OK.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the IDW file and select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with IDW extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Ensure that the IDW 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 IDW file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

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

If the IDW 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. If the scanner detected that the IDW file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

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

Did you receive the IDW 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. When downloading the file with IDW 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. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

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

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support IDW files. Close all running programs and try opening the IDW file.

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 Inventor Drawing file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle IDW files.

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