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What is an H1K File?

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Question: What is an H1K File?

Did you find an H1K file on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone emailed you an H1K file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the H1K file but Windows told you that it could not open it.

Before you can open an H1K 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 .H1K file extension refers to.

Answer: A file with the H1K file extension is a Microsoft Help Index file.

Other types of files may also use the H1K file extension. If you know of any additional file formats that use the .H1K extension, please let me know so I can update this information.

How To Open an H1K File:

The easiest way to open an H1K file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the H1K file then you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit H1K 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.

H1K files are part of the Microsoft Help System and can be opened from Help Library Manager in Visual Studio.

If you know anything else useful about H1K files, please let me know so I can update this page.

Tip: Use Notepad or another text editor to open the H1K 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 H1K files but it's worth a try.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the H1K file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open H1K 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 H1K File:

There are two main ways to attempt to convert an H1K file to another file type:

The first option involving opening the H1K 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 H1K files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.

Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the H1K 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 H1K 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 H1K file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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