.CIL File Extension

File Type:
Clip Gallery Packaged File

Having trouble opening .cil extension? Don't panic! This page explains what cil files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open cil files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a CIL file?

Cil file extension has Clip Gallery Packaged file type, developed by Microsoft, which is associated with the "vector image files" category.

Microsoft Clip Gallery is a tool for managing and organizing clip art images for Microsoft Office programs. It saves compressed clip art in files with the .CIL extension. They contain .WMF files and other images in one compressed archives and also store metadata along with keywords. CIL files are often used for sharing clip art over the Internet. You can download them from the Microsoft's Clip Art & Media website.   

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

cil file icon
File Type:
Clip Gallery Packaged File
Vector Image Files

How to open CIL file?

Double click the cil file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .cil extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the cil extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the cil file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open CIL files

  • Windows Windows
    • Microsoft Clip Gallery Microsoft Clip Gallery
  • MacOS MacOS
    • Microsoft Clip Gallery Microsoft Clip Gallery

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the cil file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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