What is a .SVW File And How To Open It – Ohio State University (Visual Guide)

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While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .svw extension. It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .svw file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .SVW file?

The .SVW file extension comes from SpecView File. The creator of this file extension is Ohio State University. The format of this file is binary, and it is a data related file.

What to know

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

How to open a .SVW file?

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

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

To open the .svw file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the SpecView software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: SpecView.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .SVW 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the SpecView software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .SVW file?

If you are still unable to open the .SVW file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .SVW file.svx – The Survex Project, .sw – Signed Word Audio File, .sw2 – Softwrap, .sw3 – TAL Technologies, .swa – Adobe Systems. 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 .SVW file with the SpecView program on Windows.