What is a .DDS File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .dds extension. You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .dds file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .DDS file?

The file extension .DDS stands for DirectDraw Surface Image. This file extension was developed by Microsoft. This file belongs to the binary format and it is a raster related file.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .dds file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .DDS file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the XnViewMP, dotPDN paint.net and ImageMagick software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .DDS file

2. The second step is locating 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 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the XnViewMP software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .DDS file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .dds file on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Apple Preview, XnViewMP and ImageMagick software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .DDS file

2. In the second step 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 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Apple Preview software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .DDS file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .dds file on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the XnViewMP and ImageMagick software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .DDS file

2. The second step is locating 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 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the XnViewMP software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .DDS file?

If you cannot open the .DDS file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .DDS file.ddt – Sports Interactive, .ddt – Epic Games, .ddt – Microsoft, .ddt – Michael Vinther, .ddx – Alpha Software. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .DDS file with the XnViewMP, dotPDN paint.net, ImageMagick programs on Windows, Apple Preview, XnViewMP, ImageMagick programs on Mac and XnViewMP, ImageMagick software on Linux.