Three ways to view an XML file are to use an Internet browser, a specialized XML reader program or a text editor program. XML reader programs include Adobe Dreamweaver and Notepad++. Default text editor programs, such as Notepad, can also be used to open XML files.
As of 2014, numerous applications use the XML file format to store relevant data. MusicXML files, for example, can be opened with any of the methods above but can only be effectively edited using Finale Notepad or other similar programs. XML files can also be converted using the Save As function in any compatible program or by using a specialized conversion software.