Open WMF files

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    Windows Metafile Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a WMF 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 WMF file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your WMF file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is WMF file?

Files with the extension WMF contain graphical data in the Windows Metafile format. These files can include both vector graphics and bitmap images.

More info

WMF was introduced in 1990 with Windows 3.0 and consists of a list of function calls to the Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI). Mainly used as a vector format, it is supported by numerous programs. WMF is a 16-bit format and has been replaced by Microsoft's more modern EMF or EMF +. Today it is largely displaced by other formats.

WMF contains a vulnerability that can be used to execute malicious code on the computer.

Programs which can open a WMF file

How to open file with WMF extension?

In order to open a file with WMF extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening WMF 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 WMF files, follow the instructions below.
Install TurboCAD or other program from the list

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

Set TurboCAD as the default program for opening WMF 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 WMF 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 TurboCAD applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where TurboCAD has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with WMF files

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

  • File data is corrupted
  • WMF 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 WMF files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • WMF 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)

Possible conversions of WMF file

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