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MPD File Extension

Microsoft Project Database
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What is MPD file?

MPD is a database file associated with Microsoft Project, a project management software based on Microsoft Access technology. MPD files store project data in database format. Microsoft Project 2007 no longer uses MPD files to save created projects. Still, MPD files can be opened and viewed, but not edited.

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project is a project management software that allows users to effectively manage resources (including human resources) given a budget constraint. Microsoft Project is compatible with Microsoft Office so resources can be freely exchanged between those tools. Microsoft Project offers many project automation options, such as automated chart creation feature. Users can created custom project templates that can be reused between different projects. Microsoft Project also offers an advanced reporting module and chart generator.

Programs which support MPD file extension

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

Updated: 07/06/2022

How to open file with MPD extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening MPD files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with MPD extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Project

Install software to open MPD file Problems with opening and working with MPD files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with MPD files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft Project or one to the listed programs: K-SOL Project Reader, MOOS Project Viewer. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support MPD files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Project website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft Project

Update software that support file extension MPDIf you already have Microsoft Project installed on your systems and MPD 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 MPD files are not compatible with Microsoft Project. The latest version of Microsoft Project should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Microsoft Project Database files with Microsoft Project

After installing Microsoft Project (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open MPD files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with MPD file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the MPD file
  • 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 Microsoft Project is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open MPD files and clicking OK.
Associate software with MPD file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with MPD extension, 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....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with MPD extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

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

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 MPD file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check MPD file for viruses
1. The MPD may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the MPD 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 MPD file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the MPD 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 MPD file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

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

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Microsoft Project Database file.

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft Project

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

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Microsoft Project Database files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with MPD files affecting older versions of given software.

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