Five Steps to Open CLP Files

If you have CLP files that you need to open, but you’re not sure how, follow these steps.


Step 1: Double-click the file.

Locate the CLP file icon and double-click it. If you have the right program installed, it should open the file automatically. If it doesn’t, move on to Step 2.

Step 2: Look for another program.

If the CLP file doesn’t open when you double-click it, you probably don’t have the right program on your computer. There are several popular programs that can be used to open a CLP file. Try one of the three most common programs: CLIPS/wxCILPS File, DeskMate Clip, or Quattro Pro Clip Art.

Step 3: Check the file type.

If none of the above programs will open your CLP file, check the file type to make sure you have a program that can open that type of file. Most CLP files are Data Files, but there’s a chance it might be another type.

You can find this information in the file’s properties. On a Windows computer, just right-click the file and click properties, and look for the file type under “Type of File.” On a Mac computer, right-click the file and click “More info,” and look for the file type under “Kind.”

Step 4: Get help from a developer.

If you can’t figure out how to open a CLP file, a developer can probably tell you how. Find the program you have in the table below and contact the developer of that program.

Program Name Developer Name
CLIPS/wxCILPS File Microsoft Programmer
DeskMate Clip Unknown
Quattro Pro Clip Art Corel
Windows Clipboard/Picture PC Software Company
Clipper 5 Compiler Script Microsoft Developer
GoDot Windows Software
PC Paint/Pictor Picture Unknown

Step 5: Find a universal file viewer.

The easiest way to open a CLP file, or any kind of file, is to use a universal file viewer like File Magic (Download). You can use it to open many different file formats. If it’s not compatible, the file will just open in binary.

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