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

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .wmf extension and you don’t know what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .wmf file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .WMF file?

The .WMF file extension comes from Windows Metafile. This file extension belongs to the developer Microsoft. The format of this vector related file is binary.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .wmf file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .WMF file?

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

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

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

1. In the first step you need to download the CADSoftTools ABViewer software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Microsoft Office 365, IMSI TurboCAD Pro, Corel PaintShop Pro, Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer, Inkscape and CADSoftTools ABViewer.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .WMF 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 CADSoftTools ABViewer software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .WMF file on Mac

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

1. The first step is to download the Inkscape software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Microsoft Office 365, Cristallight WMF Converter Pro and Inkscape.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .WMF 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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 Inkscape software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .WMF file on Linux

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

1. The first step is to download the GIMP software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Inkscape and GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .WMF 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: 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the GIMP software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .WMF file?

If you cannot open the .WMF file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .WMF file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .wmf – The Widelands Development Team. 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 .WMF file with the CADSoftTools ABViewer, Microsoft Office 365, IMSI TurboCAD Pro, Corel PaintShop Pro, Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer, Inkscape programs on Windows, Inkscape, Microsoft Office 365, Cristallight WMF Converter Pro programs on Mac and GIMP, Inkscape software on Linux.