Brief Description of the .qxd File Extension

The .qxd file extension is recorded to be used with QuarkXPress documents. QuarkXPress is a Desktop publishing (DTP) program from Quark, Inc. that is used for creating page layouts for magazines, flyers, books, brochures and newspapers.

The .qxd files are desktop publishing documents that are created using QuarkXPress 5 or earlier versions. The .qxd file extension has been replaced by the .qxp file extension in QuarkXPress 6 and later versions.  Though QuarkXPress 6 and later versions don’t use the .qxd file extension, you can open .qxd files in them.

The .qxd files come under the category of Page Layout Files and the mime type is: application/quarkxperss, application/x-quark-express.

Names of the programs that can open .qxd files

If you use Windows, you may open a .qxd file using any of the following applications:

  • QuarkXPress
  • Adobe InDesign CS5 with Q2ID Plugin

If you use a Mac OS, you may open a .qxd file using any of the following applications:

  • QuarkXPress
  • Adobe InDesign CS5 with Q2ID Plugin

Is it possible to open .qxd files using desktop publishing programs other than QuarkXPress?

No, you cannot directly open a .qxd file with other competing desktop publishing programs. Having said that, you may use a third-party conversion software to convert .qxd files to a format that is compatible with your desktop publishing program.

I’m using QuarkXPress 5 but I’m unable to open a particular .qxd file – what should I do?

At times, Windows is unable to open some files due to the presence of damaged or corrupt file openers. To fix this issue, you may use FileCure, a file extension repair program that is known to promptly fix damaged file openers on Windows systems. You can also use FileCure to view various file types, both known and unknown.