What is a .HAL File And How To Open It – HotDocs (Easy Steps)

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Have you came across a file with the .hal extension and you don’t know what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .hal file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .HAL file?

The .HAL file extension stands for HotDocs Answer Library. This file extension was developed by HotDocs. This file belongs to the binary format and it is a data related file.

What to know

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

How to open a .HAL file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .HAL file on your operating system/device.

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

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

1. The first step is to download the HotDocs software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .HAL 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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 HotDocs 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 .HAL file?

If you are still unable to open the .HAL file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .HAL file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .hal – HansaWorld. 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 .HAL file with the HotDocs program on Windows.