TFM File Extension

TFM file icon
TeX Font Metric Format

What is TFM file?

TFM filename suffix is mostly used for TeX Font Metric Format files. TFM files are supported by software applications available for devices running Mac OS, Windows. TFM file format, along with 104 other file formats, belongs to the Font Files category. Users are advised to use MiKTeX software for managing TFM files, although 2 other programs can also handle this type of file. MiKTeX software was developed by Christian Schenk, and on its official website you may find more information about TFM files or the MiKTeX software program.

Programs which support TFM file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support TFM files. TFM files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support TFM file

How to open file with TFM extension?

Problems with accessing TFM may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with TFM files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Download and install MiKTeX

Problems with opening and working with TFM files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with TFM files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing MiKTeX or different compatible program, such as TeXworks, LaTeX. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support TFM files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit MiKTeX website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update MiKTeX to the latest version

If you already have MiKTeX installed on your systems and TFM 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. The reason that MiKTeX cannot handle files with TFM may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of MiKTeX is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign MiKTeX to TFM files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate TFM files with latest version of MiKTeX you have installed 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.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the TFM file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where MiKTeX is installed, check the Always use this app to open TFM files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with TFM extension, select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select MiKTeX and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with TFM extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the TFM 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 TFM file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Verify that the TFM in question is not infected with a computer virus

Should it happed that the TFM is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the TFM file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. TFM file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the TFM file’s structure is intact

If the TFM 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 TFM file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

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. Check whether your system can handle MiKTeX

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support TFM files. Close all running programs and try opening the TFM file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with TeX Font Metric Format files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with TFM files affecting older versions of given software.

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