How to Open .XML Files
Several different programs use .XML files -- short for "extensible markup language" -- to maintain and swap raw data. The text-based files are relatively small in size and easily transferred, and they are commonly found on the Internet. So what does an .XML do, exactly? FileInfo.com likens them to a text version of a database, or specifically a "data file that uses tags to define objects and object attributes." You can open an .XML file and read its contents using either a Web browser or a standard text editor like Windows' built-in Notepad.
Double-click on the .XML file. Your default Web browser opens and displays the raw text inside the file.
Right-click on the .XML file and choose "Open With" if you want to alter the contents of the file.
Select Notepad, or any other text editor, from the list of suggested programs. The .XML file opens, and you can alter its contents as desired.
Tips & Warnings
- Basic XML files will only display in raw text.
- Be cautious editing .XML files; the tag structure is strict, and if you insert an error, you may damage the file.