File Extension Library

.SILK File Extension

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

What are .SILK files and how to open them?

Can't open .SILK file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .SILK file.

What is a .SILK file extension?

.SILK file extension is created by Microsoft Corporation. .SILK has been classified as Spreadsheet and workbook Files.

.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 fix problems with .SILK files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .SILK files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .SILK file format
  2. You need to check the .SILK file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)