VCAL is a file extension commonly associated with Apple ICal Document files. Apple, Inc. defined the Apple ICal Document format standard. VCAL file format is compatible with software that can be installed on system platform. Files with VCAL extension are categorized as Document Files files. The Document Files subset comprises 574 various file formats. Apple Calendar (iCal) is by far the most used program for working with VCAL files. On the official website of Apple, Inc. developer not only will you find detailed information about theApple Calendar (iCal) software, but also about VCAL and other supported file formats.
Files with VCAL 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.
Being unable to open files with VCAL extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with VCAL extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening VCAL files is that no program that can handle VCAL files is installed on user’s system. The solution is straightforward, just download and install Apple Calendar (iCal). The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Apple Calendar (iCal) installed is by going to developer’s website (Apple, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.
You still cannot access VCAL files although Apple Calendar (iCal) is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Apple Calendar (iCal) cannot handle files with VCAL may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of Apple Calendar (iCal) should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
After installing Apple Calendar (iCal) (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open VCAL files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
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 VCAL file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
Should it happed that the VCAL is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. VCAL file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
Did you receive the VCAL file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. 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. When downloading the file with VCAL extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open VCAL files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Apple ICal Document files. It may be the case that the VCAL files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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