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Solved CorelDraw file cannot be opened

May 30, 2015 at 07:59:41
Specs: Windows XP
Hi Experts

I have corel draw on several computers at my office, we quite often send files around for viewing to make sure that images etc are up to standard, however on the computers that dont have corel draw we cant open the files, this means that staff are having to wander around the office etc. Im trying to find a program or way of viewing the files on these computers, please dont suggest buying corel draw ($350.00 US) as it is too expensive and will not be used on these computers, we have downloaded the trials but they will eventually expire and we will be stuck again. Does anyone know of a way we can view them, or a way that we can convert them to open them with windows previewer etc.


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May 30, 2015 at 08:35:38
There's an online converter here (CDR to PDF):


CorelDraw creates several different native formats, one of which is 'CDR'.
I've assumed your files are in CDR format. If they aren't, the converter above will not work.

Also, you haven't said which version of CorelDraw, the converter above may not recognise some versions.

You can only try it and see if it works.

The converter outputs to PDF which can be opened with the free Adobe Reader.

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May 30, 2015 at 12:32:19
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This might not help with your current problem but do you have an auto-backup configured? It is located at Tools->options -> (workspace) -> Save. You can set the elapsed time between backups (e.g. 10 minutes) as well as the destination folder. If you actually have it set you could look in the destination folder and see if there is a backup there. If not, consider setting it up for future use. You can also set it to make a backup upon saving the file.

There is something corrupted with the file as it has been saved that Corel won't open it. Maybe there is a chance that another software that can import CorelDraw files might overlook the glitch and try to import the rest. Depends on what part of the file is corrupted.

If instrument above didn't help, you would need to identify what may have caused the file corruption. Possible causes could include:
• Document was corrupted / not saved due to the program crashing or hanging
• Saving large files to a network drive.
• Documents created in earlier versions of CorelDraw® are no longer accessible

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