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HIPS File Extension

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What is HIPS file?

HIPS is a file extension commonly associated with Bitmap files. HIPS files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. Files with HIPS extension are categorized as Graphic Files files. The Graphic Files subset comprises 524 various file formats. XnView is by far the most used program for working with HIPS files. XnView software was developed by Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet, and on its official website you may find more information about HIPS files or the XnView software program.

Programs which support HIPS file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support HIPS files. HIPS files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support HIPS file

Windows Windows

How to open file with HIPS extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening HIPS files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with HIPS files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install XnView

Install software to open HIPS file Problems with opening and working with HIPS files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with HIPS files being present on your machine. To address this issue, go to the XnView developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading XnView installed is by going to developer’s website (Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update XnView to the latest version

Update software that support file extension HIPSIf the problems with opening HIPS files still occur even after installing XnView, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of XnView is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why HIPS files are not compatible with XnView. The most recent version of XnView is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign XnView to HIPS files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate HIPS files with latest version of XnView you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with HIPS file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the HIPS with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where XnView is installed, check the Always use this app to open HIPS files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with HIPS file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected HIPS file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with HIPS extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the HIPS file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the HIPS file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check HIPS file for viruses
1. The HIPS may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the HIPS is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. HIPS file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the HIPS file’s structure is intact

If the HIPS file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with HIPS extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run XnView

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support HIPS files. Close all running programs and try opening the HIPS file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Bitmap files. It may be the case that the HIPS files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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