EMZ File Extension

EMZ file icon
Windows Compressed Enhanced Metafile
  • Developer
    Microsoft
  • Popularity
    3.7 (30 votes)

What is EMZ file?

Files with the .EMZ extension contain vector graphics stored in the EMF format (Windows Enhanced Metafile), compressed with the GZIP algorithm. This format is used to store a remote version of an image, assumedly independent from a platform. It defines a file with sequential entries, which in order to display – render an image, are parsed and executed on the target device.

Additional information

Specification of the format can be found on Microsoft web sites for developers, it was created in the year 1993, for the 32-bit Windows platform, as an extension of functionality of WMF files (Windows Metafile). EMZ files can be used to create graphic drivers for printers.

Programs which support EMZ file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with EMZ files, divided into 4 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with EMZ suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support EMZ file

How to open file with EMZ extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening EMZ files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Windows Compressed Enhanced Metafile files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with EMZ files.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Office

Problems with opening and working with EMZ files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with EMZ files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Office or different compatible program, such as Adobe Illustrator, PaintShop Pro, XnView. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Office website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft Office

You still cannot access EMZ files although Microsoft Office is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why EMZ files are not compatible with Microsoft Office. The latest version of Microsoft Office should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Windows Compressed Enhanced Metafile files with Microsoft Office

After installing Microsoft Office (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open EMZ files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the EMZ file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft Office is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open EMZ files and clicking OK.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the EMZ file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with EMZ extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the EMZ for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper EMZ file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Verify that the EMZ in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the EMZ is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the EMZ file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic EMZ file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the EMZ file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Office

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with EMZ extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Windows Compressed Enhanced Metafile files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the EMZ files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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