PUZ File Extension

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Microsoft Publisher Packed Format
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What is PUZ file?

PUZ is a file extension commonly associated with Microsoft Publisher Packed Format files. Microsoft Publisher Packed Format specification was created by Microsoft. PUZ file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. PUZ file belongs to the Data Files category just like 1258 other filename extensions listed in our database. Users are advised to use Microsoft Publisher software for managing PUZ files, although 1 other programs can also handle this type of file. Microsoft Publisher software was developed by Microsoft Corporation, and on its official website you may find more information about PUZ files or the Microsoft Publisher software program.

Programs which support PUZ file extension

The following listing features PUZ-compatible programs. Files with PUZ 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 PUZ file

How to open file with PUZ extension?

Being unable to open files with PUZ extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with PUZ 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 PUZ files.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Publisher

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening PUZ files is that no program that can handle PUZ files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Publisher or different compatible program, such as Microsoft Office. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Microsoft Publisher installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update Microsoft Publisher to the latest version

If the problems with opening PUZ files still occur even after installing Microsoft Publisher, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Microsoft Publisher is available. 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 Publisher installed, it may not support PUZ format. The most recent version of Microsoft Publisher is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Publisher to PUZ files

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Publisher installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage PUZ on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the PUZ with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft Publisher is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open PUZ files and clicking OK.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

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

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

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

1. The PUZ may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the PUZ is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. PUZ file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the PUZ file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with PUZ extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

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. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Publisher

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support PUZ files. Close all running programs and try opening the PUZ 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 Microsoft Publisher Packed 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 PUZ files.

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