Sylk Spreadsheet .SLK Files


The SYLK Spreadsheet filter imports SYLK format spreadsheet files as tabular data.


File Description

Symbolic Link SYLK is a Microsoft file format typically used to exchange data between applications, specifically spreadsheets. SYLK files conventionally have a .SLK suffix. From within a spreadsheet data can be exported in the SYLK format. Composed of only displayable ANSI characters, it can be easily created and processed by other applications, such as databases.


Microsoft does not publish a SYLK specification. Variants of the format are supported by Multiplan, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Works,, and Gnumeric.


Note that even if a SYLK file is created by an application that supports Unicode (for example Microsoft Excel), the SYLK file will be encoded in the current system's ANSI code page, not in Unicode. If the application contained characters that were displayable in Unicode but have no codepoint in the current system's code page, they will be converted to question marks ('?') in the SYLK file.


File Format

As an example, the following SYLK code in a text file with the .SLK extension:



C;Y1;X1;K"Row 1"

C;Y2;X1;K"Row 2"







would be displayed like this when read by an appropriate spreadsheet:


Row 1


Row 2





File Name Extensions



Format(s) Supported for Import

tabular data; double


Import Method

Choose the File | Import command.


Import Options

No import options dialog is displayed.



See Also

File Format Chart

File | Import