PCT File Extension

PCT file icon
Picture Format
  • Developer
    Apple
  • Popularity
    3.4 (7 votes)

What is PCT file?

PCT is a file extension commonly associated with Picture Format files. Picture Format specification was created by Apple. PCT file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Mac OS, Windows system platform. PCT file belongs to the Layout Files category just like 137 other filename extensions listed in our database. The most popular program for handling PCT files is Adobe Photoshop, but users can choose among 11 different programs that support this file format. Software named Adobe Photoshop was created by Adobe Systems Incorporated. In order to find more detailed information on the software and PCT files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support PCT file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open PCT files divided into 2 categories according to system platform supported. Files with PCT 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.

How to open file with PCT extension?

Problems with accessing PCT may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Picture Format 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 PCT files.

Step 1. Install Adobe Photoshop software

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports PCT files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Adobe Photoshop or one of the recommended programs (for example, CorelDRAW, ACDSee, Adobe Illustrator) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download Adobe Photoshop installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Adobe Systems Incorporated website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Adobe Photoshop

If the problems with opening PCT files still occur even after installing Adobe Photoshop, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Adobe Photoshop is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that Adobe Photoshop cannot handle files with PCT may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Adobe Photoshop.

Step 3. Set the default application to open PCT files to Adobe Photoshop

If you have the latest version of Adobe Photoshop installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage PCT 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.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the PCT with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • 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 Adobe Photoshop is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open PCT files and clicking OK.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with PCT extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with PCT extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the PCT is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the PCT file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Check the PCT file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the PCT file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the scanner detected that the PCT file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

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

If you obtained the problematic PCT file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. 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. It could happen the the download process of file with PCT extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

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 Adobe Photoshop

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

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Picture Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle PCT files.

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