How to open XAV files on your device

If an error occurs when you try to open XAV file on your device, you should do two things – install appropriate software and associate XAV files with this software. If this does not solve the problem, then the cause may be different – you will find more details in this article.

XAV File Extension

  • File type Final Draft AV Document
  • File developer Final Draft, Inc.
  • File category Misc Files
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How to open XAV file?

There can be various causes of problems that can arise when opening opening .XAV files. Each problem requires a different approach, but most can be solved by following he instructions below.

Step 1. Install a program that supports XAV files

In order to open XAV file an appropriate program that supports this file format must be installed on the system. Below is the list of programs that support files with XAV extension.

Programs that can open XAV files

Download installer for given application and launch it. After the installation has been completed, XAV files should be opened with installed application by default next time you try to open this type of file.



Not all listed applications will be capable of performing all operations on XAV files. Some applications may only be capable of opening such file and viewing its contents while the purpose of others may be converting files to other file formats. Therefore you should check beforehand the capabilities of applications in relation to XAV files.

Step 2. Associate given software with XAV files

A situation can arise where user has an appropriate application supporting XAV files installed on their system, but such application is not associated with this type of files. In order to associate given application with XAV files user should open a file submenu by right-clicking the file icon and selecting "Open with" option. System will display a list of suggested programs that can be used to open XAV files. Select appropriate option and check "Always use selected application to open this kind of files". System will save this information from now on use selected program to open XAV files.

When the above-mentioned solutions fail, other options must be pursued. It is possible that the XAV file in question is corrupted or damage. The most common causes of file damage are:

  1. File with XAV extension is incomplete (for example, file has not been downloaded completely from the internet or not copied properly from source)
  2. File data is corrupted
  3. Damaged or corrupted storage medium on which the XAV file is stored
  4. File icon does not represent the original file but is only a shortcut to the location where the XAV file was saved and then deleted
  5. User account is not privileged to perform operations on XAV files. In that case it is advised to contact the system administrator or an IT expert

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