BMP file format description
Many people share .bmp files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .bmp file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .bmp files.
1 filename extension(s) found in our database.
.bmp - Windows Bitmap Image
BMP file is a Windows Bitmap Image. BMP or DIB (device-independent bitmap) is a bitmapped graphics format used internally by the Microsoft Windows graphics subsystem (GDI), and used commonly as a simple graphics file format on that platform.
- .bmp file format description:
- BMP format
- Graphic files
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- bmpf, dib, rl4, rl8, vga
- Windows Bitmap Image related links:
- Windows Bitmap Image related extensions:
Naturally, other applications may also use the .bmp file extension. Even harmful programs can create .bmp files. Be especially cautious with .bmp files coming from an unknown source!
Can't open a .bmp file?
When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:
Windows can't open this file:
To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.
To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.
- Open Control Panel > Control Panel Home > Default Programs > Set Associations.
- Select a file type in the list and click Change Program.
The .bmp file extension is often given incorrectly!
According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:
bkp, vmp, mp, hmp, fmp, bp, bmo, blp, nmp, mbp, gmp, bpm, bnp, bml
Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?
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