wikiHow to Open a .Dat File

Received a .dat file, but aren’t sure how to open it? .Dat files are not associated with any specific program, making the process of opening them a little bit trickier.

Steps

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    Try to figure out what program the file was created on. .Dat files can generally be opened on whatever program they were created; for example, even if an Excel spreadsheet is sent as a .dat file, it can be opened on Excel. If you can’t figure out which program the file was created on, skip to step 3.
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    Once you’ve figured out what program the file was created on, rename it so that the file extension is appropriate for that program. Make sure you can see the file extension in the file title, then right-click or Command-click the file and select “Rename”. Replace the .dat extension with the appropriate extension.
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    If you can’t figure out what program the file was created on, simply try opening it on various programs until you get the right one. Simply right-click or Command-click the file and select “Open with...” “Program name”.

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Categories: File Manipulation