Saturday, June 11, 2011
Sometimes you cannot open new files that aren't supported by programs installed in your computer. What should you do when you need to open a .docx file (Office 2007 or 2010) but your computer only has Office 2003? What should you do when you need to open a strange file format downloaded from Internet? This tutorial will help you solve this problem completely.
Usually, for each file format, you need appropriate software to open and view it. Especially, for media files, you need to install codecs to decode it before watching.
Finding correct software to view files isn’t an easy job. Furthermore, you need to install many different softwares in your computer.
You can solve this problem by using one of following free softwares: Free Opener and Universal Viewer. You can open and view many kinds of files with only one software without using other support tools.
With Free Opener (download link) you can open most of file formats ranging from document files (doc, pdf, …) to video files (avi, flv, …) and music file (mpe, wma..). After downloading, you can install this software with default setting. From the main window, choose File --> Open to open and view files. You can zoom in/out, or convert files to other formats. However, this software only supports viewing.
In the case you face problems with the Free Opener, you may consider using another free software: Universal Viewer (download link). This software supports a context menu to open files directly in file explorer using right mouse click. You can even edit the document file contents with this software.
Basically, Free Opener and Universal Viewer support different number of file formats. Therefore, you can use them together for opening files.