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UDL File Extension

Microsoft Universal Data Link Format
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What is UDL file?

UDL is a file extension commonly associated with Microsoft Universal Data Link Format files. Microsoft defined the Microsoft Universal Data Link Format format standard. Files with UDL extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. UDL file format, along with 403 other file formats, belongs to the Database Files category. Data Link Properties supports UDL files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 2 other tools may also be used.

Programs which support UDL file extension

The following listing features UDL-compatible programs. UDL files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support UDL file

How to open file with UDL extension?

Problems with accessing UDL may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with UDL 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 UDL files.

Step 1. Get the Data Link Properties

Install software to open UDL file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports UDL files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Data Link Properties or different compatible program, such as Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Data Link Properties website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of Data Link Properties and update if needed

Update software that support file extension UDLIf the problems with opening UDL files still occur even after installing Data Link Properties, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Data Link Properties is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that Data Link Properties cannot handle files with UDL may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of Data Link Properties should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Data Link Properties to UDL files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate UDL files with latest version of Data Link Properties you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with UDL file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the UDL 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
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Data Link Properties is installed, check the Always use this app to open UDL files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with UDL file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with UDL extension, select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with UDL extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

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

Check UDL file for viruses
1. The UDL may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the UDL is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the UDL file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

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

If the UDL file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. 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 UDL extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Microsoft Universal Data Link Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle Data Link Properties

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

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Microsoft Universal Data Link Format files. It may be the case that the UDL files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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