What is a .REFERENCE File And How To Open It (Simple Steps)

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While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .reference extension. Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .reference file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .REFERENCE file?

The file extension .REFERENCE comes from Budget In Brief Reference File. The format of this data related file is xml.

What to know

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

How to open a .REFERENCE file?

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

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

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Notepad software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .REFERENCE 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 right click on your file and choose “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 Notepad software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .REFERENCE file?

If you are still unable to open the .REFERENCE file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .REFERENCE file.refresh – Microsoft, .reg – Microsoft, .reglnk – Registry Editor Shortcut File, .regtrans-ms – Microsoft, .rel – Nintendo. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .REFERENCE file with the Microsoft Notepad program on Windows.