.SLK File Extension

A .SLK file is a Symbolic Link File, created by Microsoft.

Open with LibreOffice. Available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

What is a .SLK file?

An SLK file is a type of document known as a Symbolic Link File, which is used primarily for transferring data between different spreadsheet programs and databases. This file format was developed by Microsoft and is part of the SYLK (Symbolic Link) format. The content of an SLK file includes text that is separated by semi-colons. These pieces of text provide detailed information about the spreadsheet, such as the specific rows and columns where data is located, the formatting of the cells, and the actual data or content within those cells.

The SLK files are saved in a standard text format known as ANSI. This makes them readable as plain text but they are structured so that spreadsheet programs can interpret and display the data correctly.

To open an SLK file, you can use various programs that are compatible with this format. Some of the most common programs include: - Microsoft Excel 365: A popular spreadsheet application that is part of the Microsoft Office suite. - LibreOffice Calc and OpenOffice Calc: These are free, open-source spreadsheet programs that are similar to Microsoft Excel. - Gnumeric: Another free spreadsheet application that is known for its high level of compatibility with other spreadsheet software. - Corel Quattro Pro 2021: A spreadsheet program that is part of the Corel WordPerfect Office suite. - Office 700: An office suite application available for iOS devices. - AndrOpen Office: A version of OpenOffice designed for Android devices, which includes support for opening SLK files.

SLK files can also handle complex formulas within the spreadsheets. These are stored using specific SYLK codes. For example, the code "E" is used to denote an expression or formula within a cell.

It's important to note that while the SLK file extension is the most common, these files may occasionally be saved with the .SYLK extension, although this is less common.

In summary, SLK files are useful for sharing and transferring spreadsheet data across different programs and platforms, and they can be opened using a variety of spreadsheet software available for both desktop and mobile devices.


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