.DTF File Extension

Symantec Q&A relational database

Database File
Question: What is an DTF File?

Have you found, downloaded or received an DTF file, but don't know which software program is required to open it?

Before attempting to open an DTF file, you'll need to determine what kind of file you are dealing with and whether it is even possible to open or view the file format.

Answer: Files which are given the .DTF extension are known as Symantec Q&A relational database files, however other file types may also use this extension. If you are aware of any additional file formats that use the DTF extension, please let us know.

How to open a DTF file:

The best way to open an DTF database file is to simply double-click it and let the default assoisated application open the file. If you are unable to open the file this way, it may be because you do not have the correct application associated with the extension to view or edit the DTF file.

This database file format was added to our database by a visitor to this site, but no additional information was provided. We have yet to investigate this file type further, or there was not enough information available at the time to report accurately on the format.

Please check back soon for more information as we are constantly updating our file descriptions based on search frequency.

Tip: Try to open the DTF file using a text-editor such as Notepad, as many file types contain simply contain unformatted plain-text and can viewed correctly using this method.

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    2015-04-14 00:21:54
    The program that opens it is Q&A from Symantec. The last version was 5.0, discontinued in 1995. There is a companion index file that ends with .IDX.

    The file format is proprietary and cannot be opened by other programs such as Access. has a Windows database program called Sesame that can import .DTF files and convert them. A single-user version of Sesame is available free on their website.

    The Q&A files are quite odd in that they use "forms" for data entry and display and the forms are integral to the .DTF file. You cannot create fields apart from a form, you cannot create forms not associated with a .DTF file, and you cannot have multiple forms for the same .DTF file. So, for instance, you cannot have one form for administrators, which accesses EVERY field, and a different form with only some fields for users.

    You can have MOST FORMS OF PUNCTUATION in field names, e.g., D/PAYMENT #1 is a valid field name. You can have MULTIPLE FIELDS with the SAME field name. Those two factors wreak havoc when trying to export in any dBASE format.