Four Easy Ways to Open CWK Files

The scenario: You have a file with the CWK file extension on your computer that you need to open. You double-click it as usual, expecting for a program to load it up, but sadly nothing happens. You try it again, but still nothing happens. What can you do? Try these four easy methods to open a troublesome CWK file.

1st Method: Open it in another program.

When you double-click CWK files, your computer attempts to open it in a program associated with CWK files. If there’s no program associated with CWK files on your computer, the file won’t open. To open the file, download one of the most popular programs associated with CWK files such as ClarisWorks Data File, GCPrevue Work File, or CattleMax Data File.

2nd Method: Take a hint from the file type.

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The CWK file extension usually indicates it's under the umbrella of Data Files. However, if it’s another file type, it might not open with one of the programs listed above. Take the following steps to find the file type:

  1. Right-click the file.
  2. Click “Properties” (Windows) or “More Info” (Mac).
  3. Locate the file type under either “Type of File” (Windows) or “Kind” (Mac).

3rd Method: Check with the developer.

So you’ve tried using a different program, you’ve confirmed the file type, and your CWK file still won’t open. Even if these methods were unsuccessful, you might still be able to reach out to a software developer for help. Use the chart below to find the developer for each of the programs mentioned above and contact them directly for assistance.

Software Developed By
ClarisWorks Data File FileMaker Inc.
GCPrevue Work File Graphicode
CattleMax Data File Cattlesoft Inc.

4th Method: Open it in a universal file viewer.

If the developer isn’t able to help, a universal file viewer probably can. File Magic (Download) and similar programs are designed to open a wide variety of file formats, including CWK files. Some aren’t compatible and will only open in binary. Download File Magic now to open you CWK and hundreds of other file types with one program!

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