File Extension EMF

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


The file extension EMF identifies files in the Enhanced Windows Metadata format. These files can contain both vector drawings and bitmap images.

EMF is an extension of the original Windows Metafile format (WMF). While WMF supported only 16-bit data, EMF is the 32-bit version of this format. Color information is stored in RGB, CYMK is not supported.

EMF is a native Windows format and can therefore be opened by many applications. It can also be used for printer control, ie the sending of graphics data to compatible printers.

Programs which can open a EMF file

How to open a EMF file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the EMF file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a EMF file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support EMF files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a EMF file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all EMF files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with EMF there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the EMF file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the EMF file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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