EXD File Type

- The quick facts

What are EXD files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an EXD file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is an EXD file?

Files that contain the .exd file extension are cache files that are used by various Microsoft Office documents. These EXD files store cached information pertaining to ActiveX controls that have been inserted into the Office documents.

Controls are computer objects that are stored within the Control Toolbox of an associated Microsoft Office product. Check boxes, option buttons and text boxes are examples of controls that an application might use.

Each time an ActiveX control is inserted into an Office document, an EXD file is created. This allows for quicker insertion of additional controls.

EXD files are temporary files that are automatically removed by the application when the file is no longer needed.

How to open EXD files

Important: Different programs may use files with the EXD file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your EXD file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 2 different EXD openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: March 11, 2012

Suggest another file format using extension EXD

While we know of one file format using the .EXD file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .EXD file.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of EXD files. Remember, different programs may use EXD files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.