The File Extensions Database

.SYK File Extension

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

What is an .SYK file?

.SYK is Microsoft Excel Symbolic Link format

The syk file extension is associated with Microsoft Excel. The SYLK stands for a Symbolic Link, which is a Microsoft file format typically used to exchange data between applications, specifically spreadsheets. Some earlier version of Microsoft Excel used to have the .syk file file extension, the more common file extension used today is the .slk.

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.

Microsoft does not publish a SYLK specification. Variants of the format are supported by Multiplan, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Works,, and Gnumeric.

How to open:

Probably not meant to be accessed by the user.

How to convert:

Probably cannot be converted to anything else.

How to solve problems with SYK files

  • Associate the SYK file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any SYK file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.SYK files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the SYK 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 .SYK is Microsoft Excel Symbolic Link format. Because only the current version supports the latest SYK file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft Corporation manufacturer website after an available .SYK is Microsoft Excel Symbolic Link format update.
  • To make sure that your SYK file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.