What is a .PTN File And How To Open It – Nuance Communications (Guide)


While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .ptn extension. 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 .ptn file extension and how to open it.

What is a .PTN file?

The .PTN file extension is PaperPort Thumbnail File. The development of this file was done by Nuance Communications. The file is a data related file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .ptn file on 1 platform.

How to open a .PTN file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .PTN file on various operating systems.

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

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

1. The first step is to download the Nuance PaperPort software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PTN 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: 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 Nuance PaperPort software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .PTN file?

If you are still unable to open the .PTN file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .PTN file.ptnx – Michael Hemphill, .ptp – Avid Technology, .ptr – Flash Intro Project File, .pts – Avid Technology, .pts – New House Internet Services. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .PTN file with the Nuance PaperPort program on Windows.