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RLF File Extension

ArcGIS Report Layout Format
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What is RLF file?

RLF is a file extension commonly associated with ArcGIS Report Layout Format files. ESRI defined the ArcGIS Report Layout Format format standard. Files with RLF extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. RLF file format, along with 137 other file formats, belongs to the Layout Files category. The most popular software that supports RLF files is ArcGIS Desktop. Software named ArcGIS Desktop was created by Esri. In order to find more detailed information on the software and RLF files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support RLF file extension

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

How to open file with RLF extension?

Problems with accessing RLF may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with RLF extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with RLF files.

Step 1. Download and install ArcGIS Desktop

Install software to open RLF file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports RLF files installed on the system. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download ArcGIS Desktop and install it on your device. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit ArcGIS Desktop website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of ArcGIS Desktop

Update software that support file extension RLFYou still cannot access RLF files although ArcGIS Desktop is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. 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 RLF files are not compatible with ArcGIS Desktop. The most recent version of ArcGIS Desktop is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign ArcGIS Desktop to RLF files

After installing ArcGIS Desktop (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open RLF 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 RLF file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the RLF 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 RLF files and clicking OK.
Associate software with RLF file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the RLF file and 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 RLF extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

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

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the RLF file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

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

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the RLF file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. RLF file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Ensure the file with RLF extension is complete and error-free

If you obtained the problematic RLF 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. If the RLF 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.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

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

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

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with ArcGIS Report Layout Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle RLF files.

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