SXW File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a SXW file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .SXW files.

What is a SXW file?

Files that contain the .sxw file extension are most commonly associated with the StarOffice Writer word processing software application. The SXW files contain word processing documents that have been created within the StarOffice Writer application.

StarOffice Writer is included with the StarOffice Suite, which is based on the OpenDocument XML file format. This file format was created by Sun Microsystems as an open community effort.

SXW files can contain rich text, simple graphics, bitmaps and formatting information such as font sizes and styles. SXW files are similar to Microsoft Word's .docx files, but the StarOffice Writer is a freeware application.

How to open SXW files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension SXW for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different SXW openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension SXW

While we know of one file format using the .SXW 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 .SXW file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of SXW files. Remember, different programs may use SXW files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file. WriterUser submitted BaseUser submitted
LibreOfficeLibreOfficeUser submitted
LibreOffice WriterLibreOffice WriterUser submitted
TextMaker ViewerTextMaker ViewerUser submitted
StarOffice WriterStarOffice WriterUser submitted
StarOfficeStarOfficeUser submitted
Microsoft WordMicrosoft WordUser submitted
OOo4Kids WriterOOo4Kids WriterUser submitted
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We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with SXW-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with SXW-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!