Did you find an EFX file on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone emailed you an EFX file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the EFX file but Windows told you that it could not open it.
Before you can open an EFX file (assuming it's even a file format that's intended to be viewed or edited), you'll need to determine what kind of file the .EFX file extension refers to.
Other types of files may also use the EFX file extension. If you know of any additional file formats that use the .EFX extension, please let me know so I can update this information.
How To Open an EFX File:
The easiest way to open an EFX file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the EFX file then you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit EFX files.
Warning: Take great care when opening executable file formats received via email or downloaded from websites you're not familiar with. See my List of Executable File Extensions for a listing of file extensions to avoid and why.
EFX files can be opened with eFax's applications like eFax Plus and eFax Pro. If you know of any others, please send me a quick email and let me know the name of the program so I can update this page.
Tip: Use Notepad or another text editor to open the EFX file. Many files are text-only files meaning no matter the file extension, a text editor may be able to properly display the file's contents. This may or may not be the case with EFX files but it's worth a try.
If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the EFX file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open EFX files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.
How To Convert an EFX File:
There are two main ways to attempt to convert an EFX file to another file type:
- Open the EFX file in its default program and choose to save the open file as another file format.
- Use a File Conversion Online Service or Software Program to convert the EFX file to another file format.
The first option involving opening the EFX file in its native program is preferable because it's both easier and will probably result in a more accurate file conversion. Of course if you don't have a program that opens EFX files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.
Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the EFX file extension) to one that your computer recognizes and expect the newly renamed file to be usable. An actual file format conversion using one of the methods described above must take place in most cases.
Still Having Problems Opening or Using an EFX File?
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