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VSDX File Extension

Visio Drawing

What is VSDX file?

Files with the VSDX extension are files of the Microsoft Vision – a component of the Microsoft Office suite, since its 2013 version. This program enables to create different types of diagrams, charts, drawings and technical illustrations. VSDX file transfers data concerning details of documents created in Visio.

Structure of a VSDX file

  • Masters – a collection of co-shared pages’ layouts.
  • VisioDocument – sequence of pages and collection of resources
  • Pages – layout and graphic elements for single pages of the document.
  • Shapes – graphic elements and their properties.
  • Data connections – a collection of rules, describing the process of downloading the external data, which may affect the final look of a document.

In the previous versions of the program, the binary format VSD was utilised to store the data. VSDX are ZIP file packages, created according to the Open XML standard, containing separate files with specific data from the diagrams, such as descriptions, images, and no macros. A file format which includes macros is VSDM, but due to higher vulnerability toward attacks, it requires higher protection. VSDX files utilise lossless compression.

Advantages of VSDX format

Like all the file types based on the Open XML format, VSDX files are characterised with an easy access to specific data, contained within the file. This requires changing VSDX extension into ZIP and unpacking it with any program enabling decompression of files.

Programs which support VSDX file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with VSDX files, divided into 4 categories based on operating system on which they are available. VSDX files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support VSDX file

Updated: 09/11/2019

How to open file with VSDX extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening VSDX files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Visio Drawing files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with VSDX files.

Step 1. Download and install LibreOffice

Install software to open VSDX file Problems with opening and working with VSDX files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with VSDX files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install LibreOffice or one to the listed programs: Microsoft Office, VSD Viewer, Microsoft Visio. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support VSDX files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit LibreOffice website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of LibreOffice and update if needed

Update software that support file extension VSDXYou still cannot access VSDX files although LibreOffice 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 LibreOffice cannot handle files with VSDX may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of LibreOffice should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign LibreOffice to VSDX files

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

Associate software with VSDX file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the VSDX with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where LibreOffice is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open VSDX files and clicking OK.
Associate software with VSDX file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the VSDX file and 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....
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with VSDX extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the VSDX 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 VSDX file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

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

Should it happed that the VSDX 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. VSDX file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

Did you receive the VSDX file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the VSDX file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Visio Drawing file again.

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

If the systems has insufficient resources to open VSDX 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 Visio Drawing files. It may be the case that the VSDX files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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