Full format name of files that use PFM extension is Printer Font Metrics Format. Files with PFM extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. Files with PFM extension are categorized as Font Files files. The Font Files subset comprises 97 various file formats. The most popular program for handling PFM files is Microsoft Windows Font Viewer, but users can choose among 3 different programs that support this file format.
Below is a table that list programs that support PFM files. PFM files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
Being unable to open files with PFM extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Printer Font Metrics Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening PFM files is that no program that can handle PFM 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, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Windows, Adobe Creative Suite) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Windows Font Viewer website and download the installer.
If you already have Microsoft Windows Font Viewer installed on your systems and PFM files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. If you have an older version of Microsoft Windows Font Viewer installed, it may not support PFM format. The latest version of Microsoft Windows Font Viewer should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
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 PFM 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
Change the default application in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the PFM file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
If the PFM is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the PFM file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the PFM file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If you obtained the problematic PFM 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. If the PFM file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Printer Font Metrics Format file.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with PFM extension. In this case close the other applications.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Printer Font Metrics Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle PFM files.
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