Files with mcl extension can be found as application shortcuts for Microsoft Media Center application that was a part of some distributions of Microsoft Windows operating system.

There are 4 other file types using
the MCL file extension!

empty icon.mcl - MCell cellular automaton data

empty icon.mcl - Multimedia Manager collection data

empty icon.mcl - MUSHclient world information

empty icon.mcl - VectorWorks template

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MCL file extension - Microsoft Media Center application shortcut

What is mcl file? How to open mcl files?

File type specification:

Settings, options, themes or skins file type icon Settings, options, themes or skins file type

mcl file icon: mcl filetype icon

File extension mcl is associated with Windows Media Center, a digital video recorder and media player developed by Microsoft.

The mcl is an application shortcut to the More Programs page, basically an XML file that specifies the path to what application to run, title, thumbnail to display, etc.

This mcl file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

The default software associated to open mcl file:

Windows Media Center icon

Microsoft Corporation logoWindows Media Center  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Windows Media Center is media player and digital video recorder for Microsoft Windows. It is also able to manage the most of digital TV tuners for computers. Windows Media Center supports playback of popular video and audio formats including 3GP, AAC, AVCHD, MPEG-4, WMV, WMA, AVI, DivX, MOV, and Xvid files.

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows XP Media Center Edition  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition is improved version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional. Windows XP MC edition contains media center capabilities, such as Windows Media Center. WMC can be used to television viewing on the computer, recording and playback, a TV guide, DVD playback, video playback, photo viewing, and music playback. Windows Media Center is also installed in some editions of Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Help how to open:

When you double click on the shortcut, it should launch Windows Media Center. But only if you have it installed on your computer.

How to convert:

Shortcuts generally cannot be converted to anything else.

Find converter to mcl file type:

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 3C 61 70 70 6C 69 63 61 74 69 6F 6E
ASCII code: .application

List of software applications associated to the .mcl file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open mcl file, edit mcl file, convert mcl file, view mcl file, play mcl file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting mcl files.

Software that open mcl file - Microsoft Media Center application shortcut

Programs supporting the exension mcl on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open mcl file action.

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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