PRE File Extension

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Lotus Freelance Graphics Format
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What is PRE file?

PRE is a file extension commonly associated with Lotus Freelance Graphics Format files. Lotus Freelance Graphics Format format was developed by IBM. Files with PRE extension may be used by programs distributed for Mac OS, Windows platform. Files with PRE extension are categorized as Data Files files. The Data Files subset comprises 1258 various file formats. PowerPoint supports PRE files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 4 other tools may also be used. PowerPoint software was developed by Microsoft Corporation, and on its official website you may find more information about PRE files or the PowerPoint software program.

Programs which support PRE file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with PRE files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with PRE 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 PRE file

How to open file with PRE extension?

Being unable to open files with PRE extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with PRE files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with PRE files.

Step 1. Download and install PowerPoint

Problems with opening and working with PRE files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with PRE files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install PowerPoint or one to the listed programs: WordPerfect Office, Lotus SmartSuite, Corel Presentations. 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 PowerPoint website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update PowerPoint to the latest version

If you already have PowerPoint installed on your systems and PRE files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of PowerPoint installed, it may not support PRE format. The most recent version of PowerPoint is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Lotus Freelance Graphics Format files with PowerPoint

After installing PowerPoint (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open PRE files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Right-click the PRE file and choose Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where PowerPoint is installed, check the Always use this app to open PRE files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected PRE file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • 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 PRE extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the PRE is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the PRE file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Check the PRE file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the PRE 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. PRE file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the PRE file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. 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 PRE file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

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

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Lotus Freelance Graphics Format file again.

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

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

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 Lotus Freelance Graphics 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 PRE files.

Conversion of a PRE file

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