The File Extensions Database

.SILK File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft Corporation
  • Category: Spreadsheet and workbook Files

What is an .SILK file?

.SILK is Microsoft Excel Symbolic Link format

File extension silk is mainly known to be associated with Microsoft Excel spreadsheet editor. It is a variant of more common slk extension.

The SYLK acronym stands for a SYmbolic LinK, which is a Microsoft file format typically used to exchange data between applications, specifically data sheets or spreadsheets.

From within a spreadsheet data can be exported in the SYLK format. Comprised of only ASCII characters, it is easily created and processed by other applications, such as databases.

How to open:

Mainly use Microsoft Excel to open and work with .silk files. Microsoft does not publish a SYLK specification. Variants of the format are supported by Multiplan, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Works,, and Gnumeric.

How to convert:

Using Microsoft Excels, users can convert files in SYLK format to any other suitable worksheet format.

How to solve problems with SILK files

  • Associate the SILK file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any SILK file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.SILK files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the SILK file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .SILK is Microsoft Excel Symbolic Link format. Because only the current version supports the latest SILK file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft Corporation manufacturer website after an available .SILK is Microsoft Excel Symbolic Link format update.
  • To make sure that your SILK file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.