OTF File Extension

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OpenType Font
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What is OTF file?

OTF filename suffix is mostly used for OpenType Font files. OTF files are supported by software applications available for devices running Linux, Mac OS, Windows. OTF file format, along with 97 other file formats, belongs to the Font Files category. Users are advised to use Microsoft Windows Font Viewer software for managing OTF files, although 6 other programs can also handle this type of file.

Programs which support OTF file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open OTF files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with OTF extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support OTF file

How to open file with OTF extension?

Problems with accessing OTF may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with OTF extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with OTF files.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Windows Font Viewer

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening OTF files is that no program that can handle OTF files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select Microsoft Windows Font Viewer or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Windows, FontForge, Apple Font Book) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Microsoft Windows Font Viewer installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of Microsoft Windows Font Viewer and update if needed

You still cannot access OTF files although Microsoft Windows Font Viewer 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 OTF files are not compatible with Microsoft Windows Font Viewer. The latest version of Microsoft Windows Font Viewer should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate OpenType Font files with Microsoft Windows Font Viewer

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Windows Font Viewer installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage OTF 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.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the OTF with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Microsoft Windows Font Viewer is installed, check the Always use this app to open OTF files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the OTF file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select Microsoft Windows Font Viewer and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with OTF extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the OTF file is complete and free of 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 OTF file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

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

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the OTF file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the OTF file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Ensure the file with OTF extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the OTF file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the OTF file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Microsoft Windows Font Viewer

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

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

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

Conversion of a OTF file

File Conversions from OTF extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to OTF file
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