WEBLOC File Extension

WEBLOC file icon
Mac OS X Website Location
  • Developer
    Apple
  • Popularity
    3.1 (13 votes)

What is WEBLOC file?

A .WEBLOC file is a shortcut used for storing the website location, created by the Apple’s Safari web browser, which is supported on the Mac OS X. The WEBLOC file saved on the desktop is created by dragging the website icon placed next to the address field from the web browser. When the user clicks on the WEBLOC file, the associated website can be opened on the Safari web browser and other browsers, such as the Chrome, Opera, and Firefox.

Programs which support WEBLOC file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support WEBLOC files. Files with WEBLOC 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.

Programs that support WEBLOC file

How to open file with WEBLOC extension?

Being unable to open files with WEBLOC extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with WEBLOC 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 WEBLOC files.

Step 1. Install Safari software

Problems with opening and working with WEBLOC files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with WEBLOC files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Safari or one to the listed programs: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Mozilla SeaMonkey. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading Safari installed is by going to developer’s website (Apple, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Safari

If you already have Safari installed on your systems and WEBLOC files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Safari cannot handle files with WEBLOC may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Safari is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Safari to WEBLOC files

If you have the latest version of Safari installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage WEBLOC on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the WEBLOC 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 Safari is installed, check the Always use this app to open WEBLOC files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

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

Step 4. Check the WEBLOC for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the WEBLOC file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Verify that the WEBLOC in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the WEBLOC file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the WEBLOC file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the WEBLOC file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

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

If you obtained the problematic WEBLOC file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. 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 WEBLOC file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Mac OS X Website Location file.

4. Check whether your system can handle Safari

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

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Mac OS X Website Location files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle WEBLOC files.

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