Education Technology

Solution 29430: File Types That Can Be Sent to a Calculator

What file types am I able to send to my calculator?

The following file types can be transferred to a handheld device.

Application Variables (.8xv, .89y, .9xy, .v2y) – Also referred to as AppVars, these are assignment files and other files that have been saved in the format appropriate for one of the handheld devices. The devices cannot read the .edc file. (If you attempt to send an .edc file to a handheld, the software converts it to an application variable.)


TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus family

TI-89 Titanium, Voyage™ 200

Application Variables


.89y, .9Xy, .v2y



.89l, .9Xl, .v2l



.89m, .9Xm, .v2m

Equation (Y1, Y2)





.89e, .9Xe, .v2e



.89p, .9Xp, . v2p






.89i, .9Xi, .v2i

Lab reports


.89r, .9Xr, .v2r



.89k, .9Xk, .v2k

TI-Nspire Documents (.tns) – This is a file type exclusive to the TI-Nspire Platform and is the only file type that can be transferred to a TI-Nspire Device besides operating system updates.



TI-Nspire, TI-Nspire CAS, TI-Nspire CX and TI-Nspire CX CAS

TI-Nspire Document  



Operating system updates – This is a file type used to update the software within upgradable Texas Instruments handhelds.


Handheld Device Operating System File Extension
TI-Nspire .tno
TI-Nspire CAS .tnc
TI-Nspire CX .tco
TI-Nspire CX CAS .tcc
TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus and TI-84 Plus Silver .8xu
TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition .8cu
TI-89 and TI-89 Titanium .89u
TI-73 Explorer .73u
TI-92 Plus .9xu
Voyage 200 .v2u


The following file types cannot be transferred to a handheld device.

Assignment (.edc) file
– A computer file that contains the assignment title, the text and images for each item, possible responses, correct-response identification, and all other information for a specific assignment.

Microsoft® Word document (.doc) files – A computer file that contains instructions for the teacher or notes about the lesson.

Package (.tip) file – A computer file that contains several files grouped together for a specific topic. The package file may contain lessons, activities, or resources, or a combination of lessons, activities, and resources.

Package information (.xml) files – Computer files that include information about the package file.

Portable Document File (.pdf) – An electronic file for printed documents that lets you reproduce a printed page and maintain all of its original formatting. Lessons or activity pages for students are usually distributed in PDF format. Use a PDF reader to open and print these files.