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MXT File Extension

ArcGIS Map Template
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What is MXT file?

Full format name of files that use MXT extension is ArcGIS Map Template. ArcGIS Map Template format was developed by ESRI. Files with MXT extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. MXT file format, along with 255 other file formats, belongs to the GIS Files category. The software recommended for managing MXT files is ArcGIS Desktop. Software named ArcGIS Desktop was created by Esri. In order to find more detailed information on the software and MXT files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support MXT file extension

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

How to open file with MXT extension?

Problems with accessing MXT may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to ArcGIS Map Template files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Download and install ArcGIS Desktop

Install software to open MXT file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports MXT files installed on the system. The solution is straightforward, just download and install ArcGIS Desktop. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading ArcGIS Desktop installed is by going to developer’s website (Esri) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update ArcGIS Desktop to the latest version

Update software that support file extension MXTYou still cannot access MXT files although ArcGIS Desktop is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. 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 MXT files are not compatible with ArcGIS Desktop. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using ArcGIS Desktop.

Step 3. Assign ArcGIS Desktop to MXT files

If you have the latest version of ArcGIS Desktop installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage MXT on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with MXT file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the MXT with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the 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 ArcGIS Desktop is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open MXT files and clicking OK.
Associate software with MXT file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

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

Step 4. Ensure that the MXT 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 MXT file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check MXT file for viruses
1. Check the MXT file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the MXT 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. If the scanner detected that the MXT file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

Did you receive the MXT file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with MXT extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the ArcGIS Map Template file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open ArcGIS Desktop

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

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

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with ArcGIS Map Template file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle MXT files.

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