What is a .BAT File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .bat extension and you don’t know what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .bat file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .BAT file?

The file extension .BAT is from DOS Batch File.It was developed by Microsoft. This file belongs to the text format and it is a executable file.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .bat file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .BAT file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .BAT file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .BAT file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .bat file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the Microsoft Windows Command Prompt and Microsoft Windows software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .BAT file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Microsoft Windows Command Prompt software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .BAT file on Android

The .bat file can be opened on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .BAT file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the WineHQ software and install it. You could also download the WineHQ software. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .BAT file?

If you cannot open the .BAT file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .BAT file.bau – Sun Microsystems, .bav – RITLABS, .bay – Casio, .bb – Blitz Research, .bb3 – WildTangent. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .BAT file with the Microsoft Windows Command Prompt, Microsoft Windows programs on Windows and WineHQ software on Android.