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Follow These Easy Steps to Open CWS Files

Step 1: Double-Click the File

Before you try any other ways to open CWS files, start by double-clicking the file icon. The file should open automatically. If it doesn’t open, or you see an error message, move on to Step 2.

Step 2: Choose the Right Program

There are many different programs you can use to open CWS files. If the file doesn’t open when you double-click it, you may not have one of these programs on your computer. Try installing the most common programs associated with CWS files, like combustion Workspace or Claris Works Template. If none of these programs work, move to Step 3.

Step 3: Figure Out the File Type

The file type can give you a clue as to which programs can open your CWS file. Files with the CWS extension are usually Text Files. If you’re not sure what the file type is, follow the steps below to find it:

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Using Windows:
  1. Right-click the file’s icon
  2. Click “Properties
  3. Find the file type listed under “Type of File
Using a Mac:
  1. Right-click the file’s icon
  2. Click “More Info
  3. Find the file type listed under “Kind

Once you know the file type, you can use this information do some searching for other possible programs that utilize file extension CWS or that open Text Files. If this still doesn't help, move to Step 4.

Step 4: Check with the Software Developer

The most common programs associated with CWS files are all created by different software developers. These developers can help you if you’re having trouble opening your CWS file. Find your program in the left column of the table below and contact the developer listed in the right column.

Software Developer
combustion Workspace Discreet
Claris Works Template PC Software Company

Step 5: Download a Universal File Viewer

If you have completed Steps 1 through 4 and you still can’t open your CWS file, it’s time to try a universal file viewer like File Magic (Download). A universal file viewer is a program you can use to open hundreds of different types of files (depending on the format). Note: If your CWS file isn’t compatible with a universal file viewer, it will open in binary format.


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