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What is an EMZ File?


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Question: What is an EMZ File?

Did you find an EMZ file on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone emailed you an EMZ file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the EMZ file but Windows told you that it could not open it.

Before you can open an EMZ 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 .EMZ file extension refers to.

Answer: A file with the EMZ file extension is a Windows Compressed Enhanced Metafile file.

Other types of files may also use the EMZ file extension. If you know of any additional file formats that use the .EMZ extension, please let me know so I can update this information.

How To Open an EMZ File

The easiest way to open an EMZ file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the EMZ file then you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit EMZ 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.

An EMZ file is just a compressed version of an EMF file, a kind of graphics format. You can open the file by inserting it in any Microsoft Office program as an image. Don't actually open the EMZ file with, say, Microsoft Word, just drag the file into the document.

Another option is to extract the EMF file from the EMZ file with a program like 7-Zip. You can then open the extracted EMF file in an image editing program or use it however you wish.

Note: Even though 7-Zip, and most other free zip/unzip tools, will allow the extraction of the files included in the EMZ file, they don't natively support that extension. All that means is that you'll have to open the extraction program first, then navigate to the EMZ file to open its compressed contents.

Other graphics programs might open EMZ files as well. For example, Quick View Plus is able to open, but not edit, EMZ files.

If you know of any other useful EMZ file information, please send me a quick email and let me know so I can update this page.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the EMZ file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open EMZ 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 EMZ File

There are two main ways to attempt to convert an EMZ file to another file type:

The first option involving opening the EMZ 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 EMZ files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.

Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the EMZ 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 EMZ File?

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the EMZ file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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