XWS File Extension

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Xara Web Designer Graphic
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What is XWS file?

XWS filename suffix is mostly used for Xara Web Designer Graphic files. Xara Web Designer Graphic specification was created by MAGIX. XWS file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. XWS file belongs to the Web Files category just like 303 other filename extensions listed in our database. Xara Web Designer supports XWS files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 1 other tools may also be used.

Programs which support XWS file extension

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

How to open file with XWS extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening XWS files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with XWS files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with XWS files.

Step 1. Get the Xara Web Designer

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening XWS files is that no program that can handle XWS files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Xara Web Designer or different compatible program, such as Xara Studio. 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 Xara Web Designer installed is by going to developer’s website () and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of Xara Web Designer and update if needed

If the problems with opening XWS files still occur even after installing Xara Web Designer, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Xara Web Designer is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that Xara Web Designer cannot handle files with XWS may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Xara Web Designer is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Xara Web Designer to XWS files

After installing Xara Web Designer (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open XWS files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the XWS 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
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Xara Web Designer is installed, check the Always use this app to open XWS files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the XWS file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with XWS extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Ensure that the XWS file is complete and free of errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the XWS file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Check the XWS file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the XWS 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. If the scanner detected that the XWS file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic XWS 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. When downloading the file with XWS extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle Xara Web Designer

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

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Xara Web Designer Graphic 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 XWS files.

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