What is a .CTL File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Guide)

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Have you downloaded a file with .ctl extension, but you have never seen this extension before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .ctl file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .CTL file?

The file extension .CTL stands for Visual Basic UserControl Object File. This file extension was developed by Microsoft. The file is a development related file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .ctl file on 1 platform.

How to open a .CTL file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .CTL file on various operating systems.

How to open a .CTL file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .ctl file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Visual Studio software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Microsoft Visual Studio.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .CTL file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Microsoft Visual Studio software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .CTL file?

If you are still unable to open the .CTL file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .CTL file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .ctl – StepMania. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .CTL file with the Microsoft Visual Studio program on Windows.