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PIF file format description

Many people share .pif files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .pif file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .pif files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.pif - Program Information File

The PIF application files are related to Microsoft Windows. PIF file is a Program Information File. A Program Information File (PIF) is created when you create a shortcut to, or modify the properties of, an MS-DOS-based program. PIFs allow you to set default properties for MS-DOS programs, such as font size, screen colors, and memory allocation.

Microsoft Windows
Application files
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Naturally, other applications may also use the .pif file extension. Even harmful programs can create .pif files. Be especially cautious with .pif files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .pif 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.

The .pif file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

if, ipf, lif, oif, pf, pfi, pi, pib, pic, pid, pie, pig, pir, pit, piv

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

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Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8, Windows 10, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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