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VSSM File Extension

Visio Macro-Enabled Stencil Format
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What is VSSM file?

VSSM is a file extension commonly associated with Visio Macro-Enabled Stencil Format files. Microsoft defined the Visio Macro-Enabled Stencil Format format standard. VSSM files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. VSSM file format, along with 1326 other file formats, belongs to the Data Files category. Users are advised to use Microsoft Visio software for managing VSSM files, although 1 other programs can also handle this type of file. Microsoft Visio software was developed by Microsoft Corporation, and on its official website you may find more information about VSSM files or the Microsoft Visio software program.

Programs which support VSSM file extension

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

Programs that support VSSM file

How to open file with VSSM extension?

Being unable to open files with VSSM extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with VSSM files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Visio software

Install software to open VSSM file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports VSSM files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Microsoft Visio or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Office) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Microsoft Visio installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft Visio

Update software that support file extension VSSMIf the problems with opening VSSM files still occur even after installing Microsoft Visio, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Microsoft Visio is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that Microsoft Visio cannot handle files with VSSM may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Microsoft Visio.

Step 3. Set the default application to open VSSM files to Microsoft Visio

After installing Microsoft Visio (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open VSSM files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with VSSM file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the VSSM file
  • 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 Microsoft Visio is installed, check the Always use this app to open VSSM files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with VSSM file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected VSSM file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with VSSM extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the VSSM for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the VSSM file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

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

If the VSSM 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 scanner detected that the VSSM file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

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

If the VSSM 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. If the VSSM file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

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. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Visio Macro-Enabled Stencil Format file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Visio

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with VSSM extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Visio Macro-Enabled Stencil Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle VSSM files.

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