PFM File Extension

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Printer Font Metrics Format

What is PFM file?

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 106 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.

Programs which support PFM file extension

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.

Programs that support PFM file

How to open file with PFM extension?

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.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Windows Font Viewer software

Install software to open PFM file 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.

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

Update software that support file extension PFMIf 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.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Windows Font Viewer to PFM files

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.

Associate software with PFM file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the PFM with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Microsoft Windows Font Viewer installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open PFM files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with PFM file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the PFM file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select Microsoft Windows Font Viewer and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with PFM extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

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

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.

Check PFM file for viruses
1. Check the PFM file for viruses or malware

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.

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

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.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

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.

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft Windows Font Viewer

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.

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

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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