What is a .DCL File And How To Open It – Autodesk (Visual Guide)

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Have you downloaded a file with .dcl extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .dcl file extension and how to open it.

What is a .DCL file?

The file extension .DCL comes from AutoCAD Dialog Definition File. The developer of this file extension is Autodesk. This file belongs to the text format and it is a settings related file.

What to know

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

How to open a .DCL file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .DCL file on various operating systems.

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

There are 4 simple steps to open the .dcl file on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Autodesk AutoCAD 2020.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .DCL file

2. The second step is locating 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 Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .DCL file?

If you are still unable to open the .DCL file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .DCL file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .dcl – SystemTools. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .DCL file with the Autodesk AutoCAD 2020 program on Windows.