Open ANS files

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    ANSI Text File (ANSI Art)
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Have you encountered a problem with a ANS file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a ANS file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your ANS file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is ANS file?

The extension ANS was used by early versions of the word processor Word of Microsoft Corporation. These files contained text and layouts.

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Current versions of Word no longer use this extension.

Programs which can open a ANS file

How to open file with ANS extension?

In order to open a file with ANS extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening ANS file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with ANS files, follow the instructions below.
Install TextWrangler or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening ANS files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support ANS files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of ANS files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set TextWrangler as the default program for opening ANS files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate ANS files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the TextWrangler applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where TextWrangler has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with ANS files

Sometimes problems with opening ANS files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • ANS files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open ANS files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • ANS file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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