File Extension HTA

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


With the file extension, so-called HTML applications have been identified. It is a window-specific type of bootable file that runs in Internet Explorer. Hta files are in principle html files that can contain JavaScript, CSS, Visual Basic Script as well.

HTA files can be opened and edited like any html file in a text editor or web editor. Under Windows files with the extension HTA are recognized and can be started by a double-click.

It should be noted that HTA files can pose a security risk.

Programs which can open a HTA file

How to open a HTA file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the HTA 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 HTA 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 HTA files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a HTA file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all HTA files.

Other issues

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

- verify that the HTA 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 HTA 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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