updated on 05 August 2022 | reading time: 4 minutes

Working with files

Opening and saving files


You can open files saved to your Corel Vector Cloud account, as well as files stored locally.

To open a locally saved file, click  File > Open file… or Open from Computer (2) tab in the Welcome screen.

To open files saved to Corel Vector Cloud, click  File > Open from the Cloud… or click Open from Corel Vector (1) in the Welcome screen.

Note:  You must be online to save files to Corel Vector Cloud.

The Open Recent (3) option lists recently edited project files. This includes both files stored locally  and in your Corel Vector Cloud account.


To save your designs, click File > Save , or press  / CTRL + S.

If your file isn’t already saved, the desktop version of Corel Vector prompts you to save your file locally or to Corel Vector Cloud, If you use the web version of Corel Vector, the file is saved directly in your Corel Vector Cloud storage.



  • If you save to the cloud, you can access your designs at any time from different devices.
  • If you save locally, Corel Vector prompts you to choose a local folder where the file will be saved. The file will be saved as File Name.gvdesign.
  • Starting in Corel Vector version 2020-1.3.1, saving files is asynchronous. You can now continue working during the saving process, but the changes made after clicking the Save button aren’t saved.


Alternatively, you can use any of the following commands found in the File menu:

  • Save to Cloud as…
  • Save to Local File …

The native file format of Corel Vector is .gvdesign. Using this format ensures the best fidelity for your design. Corel Vector is the only application reads this format, which can be used to share your file with other Corel Vector users.

If you want to use another file format that is supported in Corel Vector you must use an Export function.

Note: SVG export has a check box for Preserve editing capabilities for SVG files, which embeds Corel Vector information so the file can be reopened and edited in Corel Vector without loss of features, the same as a .gvdesign file.
Note: You must be online to use files saved to the Corel Vector Cloud.

Since version 3.5, Corel Vector has a Version History that saves the last 20 iterations of a file in the Corel Vector Cloud.

If you have not made any changes to your project since the last save, the Save icon will not be active.

If you have made changes that haven’t been saved, you will see an asterisk (*) beside the filename in the project tabs (1) at the top of the window.

If you haven’t saved your project, the tab will show as Untitled (2).

To save the current project to a different location or to a different file name, click  File > Save to file… (desktop apps), or File > Save to Cloud… (web app).


Corel Vector automatically saves your progress every 5 minutes for files  stored or synched to the cloud. Every auto-save creates a new entry in the file’s Version History list, in addition to iterations created by manual saving.

To configure Auto-Save, click Edit > Settings…. You can change the Auto-save interval or disable it, and also disable the warning for unsaved/local files.

Open shared files

You can open multiple files that are shared with you by using the Open Shared File command from File>Share>Open Shared File… menu:

or from the contextual menu from the file’s tab at the top-right:

This opens a pop-up window where you can paste the path to the shared file.

When you click the Open button, the shared file opens in a new tab inside the same instance of Corel Vector. Learn more about file sharing and collaboration here.