ODC is a text file format associated with Microsoft Excel application included with the Office package. ODC files are used for accessing data form external resources, such as spreadsheets, databases, or other text files. ODC files store information formatted using HTML and XML markups, and can be opened in a web browser or a text editor. Each ODC files store information about the data source, including its location, type, authentication information, or data queries.
ODC files are typically used for accessing data from withing documents. ODC support was introduced in Office 2007, which also allows ODC data source management directly. ODC files can be generated using Excel.
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with ODC files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with ODC suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening ODC files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with ODC 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.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports ODC files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft Excel or one to the listed programs: Safari, StarOffice, Microsoft Internet Explorer. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Microsoft Excel installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.
If you already have Microsoft Excel installed on your systems and ODC 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. The reason that Microsoft Excel cannot handle files with ODC may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Microsoft Excel is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
After installing Microsoft Excel (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open ODC files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the ODC file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the ODC file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the ODC file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the scanner detected that the ODC file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
If you obtained the problematic ODC file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the ODC file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Office Data Connection Format file again.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open ODC files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Office Data Connection Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the ODC files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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