How to Successfully Open an ASPX File

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How to Successfully Open an ASPX File

ASPX is a file format that manages to pop into our lives from time to time. Whether you’re noticing it at the end of a URL, or it was sent to you instead of a .pdf.  

Either way, its a crucial file format to the .NET framework, and you should know what to do with this file should it ever cross your path. 

As stated above, even if you received this file by mistake that doesn’t mean it’s useless. Keep reading to find out what an ASPX file is and does, how to open it, and even convert it. 

What is an ASPX File?

ASPX, or Active Server Page Extended, is a file format seen at the end of a URL or downloaded in place of a .pdf document. It is a file extension created by Microsoft to work with the ASP.NET framework

ASPX tells the web browsers how the webpage should be opened and what should be displayed, through a series of scripts and source codes.

S,o should you come across an ASPX file, it’ll most likely look like a series of codes and nonsense, which is why there’s a process to opening it correctly.  

Why Do I Have This?

It’s not often you’ll come across this kind of file, with most encounters being accidental. Commonly downloaded in place of a .pdf file or seen in URL’s, they tend to come into our world on their own. However, you can still use these files and get ahold of the information they contain. 

How to Open an ASPX File

There are two ways to open an ASPX file. One way is by re-naming it, or a second way by converting it. Those who are hoping to only access the saved data within the file will follow the renaming route, whereas those hoping to edit the file will need to convert it. 

ASPX Renaming

Renaming an ASPX file is just like renaming any computer file, simple right?

While opening the ASPX file as-is will only provide server-side information, when you rename the file, say to a .pdf file, it will then open in that format. Before you do this though, make sure your computer is set to ‘open file extensions”

So once that’s done, click on the file name, rename it to whatever file you want it to be, for example, list.pdf or pictures.jpg, then voila! The file will then open in the new format! Remember though, this is only for accessing saved data, you cannot edit this file. To edit you will have to convert it. 

ASPX Conversion

For when renaming and viewing isn’t enough, and you want a file to edit and work with, you’ll need to convert the file order to open it. It’s important to remember that ASPX files have specific purposes, so when you convert the file to other formats, it’ll stop working.

This is why converting to edit the ASPX file is much different than simply renaming the file to view saved data. 

To do this, you’ll have to download a converter and an ASPX editor. Visual Studio is a popular editor, and this a great ASPX file to pdf converter as it is fully integrated with the .NET framework, (from which ASPX is derived), and it supports HTML, CSS, JS, images, and fonts alike!

Once you download Visual Studio and add the converter to the editor, it’s from there (where it’s most likely in HTML format) that you can convert the ASPX file into a .pdf with a single line of code!

ASPX File Explained

Created by Microsoft to support its .NET framework, the ASPX format is how the .NET language is developed. 

An ASPX file can seem like a confusing program to work with, and a finicky one too, but once you break it down it’s really not all that scary. So, don’t let a rogue file keep you from accessing your data!

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