MAT is a shortcut file associated with Microsoft Access. MAT allow quick access to database tables assuming that user is authorized to access given database. MAT files are created by dragging and dropping selected Microsoft Access table to the desktop or a folder.
MAT shortcuts are typically used by less-advanced users when working with database tables. It is a convenient albeit limited solution that may not work for larger relational databases. MAT files can only be used with Microsoft Access, which requires a license to be purchased.
Below is a table that list programs that support MAT files. Files with MAT 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.
Problems with accessing MAT may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with MAT files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with MAT files.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening MAT files is that no program that can handle MAT files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Access or different compatible program, such as Microsoft Office. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support MAT files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Access installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.
If you already have Microsoft Access installed on your systems and MAT 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. The reason that Microsoft Access cannot handle files with MAT may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Microsoft Access is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate MAT files with latest version of Microsoft Access you have installed 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
Change the default application in Mac OS
You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper MAT file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the MAT is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the MAT file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If the MAT 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. If the MAT file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Microsoft Access Table Shortcut Format file again.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with MAT extension. In this case close the other applications.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Microsoft Access Table Shortcut Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle MAT files.
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