File Extension SAM

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

What is SAM file?

The extension SAM identifies documents of the word processor Lotus Word Pro. They can contain text, formatting, fonts, graphics and images as well as macros. These macros may also contain malicious software, so it is recommended to check SAM files from unknown sources.

More info

The file extension SAM was also used by the previous versions of the word processor. However, the format has changed over time, so that compatibility with each other is not given.

Originally the software was developed as Ami or Ami Pro by Samna. It was one of the first extensive word processors. Later, Samna was taken over by the Lotus Corporation and then by IBM, and the name of the application was changed to Lotus Word Pro.

Lotus WordPro is no longer under development, but is still available as part of Lotus SmartSuite.

For Microsoft Office 97, there was a Converter Pack that would enable Word to load newer versions of SAM files. This converter also used the suffix sam.

Programs which can open a SAM file

How to open file with SAM extension?

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

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

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


Check the section that lists most common problems with SAM files

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

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