Files in the TSV format are of an uncomplicated structure, because they are based on plain text. They are used to store unprocessed data, arranged in form of tables, for instance: information from a database or a spreadsheet. Within a TSV file, each column with data is separated from the other one with the tab symbol. Each line of a TSV file refers to the proceeding records of the table.
TSV files are an alternative for the popular SCV files. They differ in the method of dividing data into columns – within a CSV file, this is performed using a coma. However, comas are frequently used within text fields, which may result in generating errors while later interpreting the SCV file by the target program. Tab symbols (rarely used in text fields) in a TSV file, substitute comas within CSV files, which results in an increased possibility of proper interpretation.
Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open TSV files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. TSV files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening TSV files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with TSV extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
Problems with opening and working with TSV files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with TSV files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Excel or different compatible program, such as Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Windows Notepad. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support TSV 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.
If you already have Microsoft Excel installed on your systems and TSV 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. If you have an older version of Microsoft Excel installed, it may not support TSV format. The most recent version of Microsoft Excel is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
If you have the latest version of Microsoft Excel installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage TSV on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
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 TSV file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the TSV is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. TSV file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
Did you receive the TSV file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with TSV extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with TSV extension. In this case close the other applications.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Tab Separated Values Format files. It may be the case that the TSV files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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