What is a .OTF File And How To Open It – Adobe Systems and Microsoft (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .otf extension, but you are not sure what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .otf file extension and how to open it.

What is a .OTF file?

The .OTF file extension is from OpenType Font. This file extension belongs to the developer Adobe Systems and Microsoft. The file is a font related file.

What to know

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

How to open a .OTF file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .OTF file on various operating systems.

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

To open the .otf file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the FontForge software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Microsoft Windows Font Viewer and FontForge software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .OTF file

2. The second step is locating 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the FontForge software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .OTF file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .otf file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the FontForge software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Apple Font Book and FontForge.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .OTF file

2. The second step is locating 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: 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 FontForge software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .OTF file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .otf file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the FontForge software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is FontForge.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .OTF 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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 FontForge software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .OTF file?

If you are still unable to open the .OTF file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .OTF file.otf – Apache Software Foundation, .otf – NedGraphics. 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 .OTF file with the FontForge, Microsoft Windows Font Viewer programs on Windows, FontForge, Apple Font Book programs on Mac and FontForge software on Linux.