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SXC File Extension

StarOffice Calc Spreadsheet

What is SXC file?

Files with .SXC extension store spreadsheets documents created with StarOffice. SXC files support standard spreadsheet functions, including:

  • charts,
  • formulas,
  • functions,
  • macros.

SXC is the official standard for spreadsheet documents used by OpenOffice.org, although it is not as commonly used as the more popular open-source format Office Open XML.

Structure of spreadsheet files

SXC standard was created as a means of standardizing the document format for Star Office software. Between years 2000 and 2002 Sun Microsystem in cooperation with the community developed this innovative format that was to replace the older binary format. SXC is based on XML standard. SXC files are compressed to save disk space. The current standard, OpenDocument ISO/IEC 26300:2006, took many inspirations from OpenOffice.org XML standard.

SXC compatibility

Although SXC is no longer commonly used due to some technical limitations, many programs still support this format. SXC files can be converted to other formats, including formats native to IBM Lotus or Microsoft Excel without data loss.

Programs which support SXC file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support SXC files. Files with SXC 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 SXC file

Updated: 03/26/2022

How to open file with SXC extension?

Being unable to open files with SXC extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with SXC 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 SXC files.

Step 1. Get the Apache OpenOffice

Install software to open SXC file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports SXC files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Apache OpenOffice or one of the recommended programs (for example, LibreOffice, StarOffice, IBM Lotus Symphony) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. 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 Apache OpenOffice website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update Apache OpenOffice to the latest version

Update software that support file extension SXCIf you already have Apache OpenOffice installed on your systems and SXC 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 SXC files are not compatible with Apache OpenOffice. The most recent version of Apache OpenOffice is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Apache OpenOffice to SXC files

After installing Apache OpenOffice (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open SXC 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 SXC file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the SXC file and choose 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 Apache OpenOffice installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open SXC files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with SXC file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected SXC file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with SXC extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the SXC for 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 SXC file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

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

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the SXC 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. SXC file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic SXC 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 SXC 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.

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 StarOffice Calc Spreadsheet file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Apache OpenOffice

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with SXC 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 StarOffice Calc Spreadsheet 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 SXC files affecting older versions of given software.

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