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NATVIS File Extension

Microsoft Visual Studio Text Data Format

What is NATVIS file?

NATVIS filename suffix is mostly used for Microsoft Visual Studio Text Data Format files. Files with NATVIS extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. NATVIS file format, along with 5942 other file formats, belongs to the Misc Files category. Microsoft Visual Studio is by far the most used program for working with NATVIS files. On the official website of Microsoft Corporation developer not only will you find detailed information about theMicrosoft Visual Studio software, but also about NATVIS and other supported file formats.

Programs which support NATVIS file extension

Programs that can handle NATVIS files are as follows. NATVIS files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support NATVIS file

Updated: 10/08/2021

How to open file with NATVIS extension?

Problems with accessing NATVIS may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with NATVIS 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. Install Microsoft Visual Studio software

Install software to open NATVIS file Problems with opening and working with NATVIS files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with NATVIS files being present on your machine. The solution is straightforward, just download and install Microsoft Visual Studio. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Microsoft Visual Studio installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of Microsoft Visual Studio and update if needed

Update software that support file extension NATVISIf you already have Microsoft Visual Studio installed on your systems and NATVIS files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. 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 NATVIS files are not compatible with Microsoft Visual Studio. The most recent version of Microsoft Visual Studio is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open NATVIS files to Microsoft Visual Studio

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate NATVIS files with latest version of Microsoft Visual Studio you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with NATVIS file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the NATVIS with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the 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 NATVIS files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with NATVIS file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the NATVIS file and select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select Microsoft Visual Studio and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with NATVIS extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

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

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the NATVIS file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

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

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

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the NATVIS 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 NATVIS extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

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 in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

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

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with NATVIS extension. In this case close the other applications.

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Microsoft Visual Studio Text Data Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with NATVIS files affecting older versions of given software.

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