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QEF File Extension

Microsoft Excel Query
  • Developer
    Microsoft Corporation
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    4 (1 votes)

What is QEF file?

QEF filename suffix is mostly used for Microsoft Excel Query files. Microsoft Excel Query specification was created by Microsoft Corporation. Files with QEF extension may be used by programs distributed for , Windows platform. QEF file format, along with 6033 other file formats, belongs to the Misc Files category. Microsoft Excel supports QEF files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 2 other tools may also be used. On the official website of Microsoft Corporation developer not only will you find detailed information about theMicrosoft Excel software, but also about QEF and other supported file formats.

Programs which support QEF file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support QEF files. QEF files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support QEF file

How to open file with QEF extension?

Problems with accessing QEF may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Microsoft Excel Query 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. Install Microsoft Excel software

Install software to open QEF file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening QEF files is that no program that can handle QEF files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft Excel or one to the listed programs: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Mobile. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support QEF files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Excel installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

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

Update software that support file extension QEFIf you already have Microsoft Excel installed on your systems and QEF 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 QEF 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.

Step 3. Set the default application to open QEF files to Microsoft Excel

After installing Microsoft Excel (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open QEF files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with QEF file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Right-click the QEF file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft Excel is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open QEF files and clicking OK.
Associate software with QEF file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with QEF extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with QEF extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

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

Check QEF file for viruses
1. Verify that the QEF in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the QEF file hinders attempts to open 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 QEF file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic QEF file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with QEF extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

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 Excel Query file.

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft Excel

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

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 Microsoft Excel Query file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with QEF files affecting older versions of given software.

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