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.dll File Extension

Developer: Microsoft
File type: Dynamic Link Library
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .dll. Files with the file extension .dll can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .dll files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .dll file?

These DLL files are also known as Dynamic Link Library files, and the content of a file affixed with the .dll extension is a set of compiled resources like directives, procedures and driver libraries that are required by built-in Windows applications and third party programs that have been developed for Microsoft Windows. These DLL files allow Windows programs to share common resources in compiled libraries with other applications.During runtime, some of these applications can be linked to these DLL resources. Most of these DLL files are already bundled with Microsoft Windows systems, though some programs provide its own DLL resources upon installation. Some of these DLL files facilitate communications between the Windows system, corresponding built-in or third party applications and driver resources required by external and internal I/O devices.

how to open a .dll file?

Launch a .dll file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .dll file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .dll files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .dll file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .dll file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .dll file association errors

applications that open a .dll file

Microsoft Windows Operating System

Microsoft Windows Operating System

Microsoft Windows Operating System platforms mostly used files with .ANI extension, a graphic file format used for animated mouse cursors, which are also defined as Windows Animated Cursor. These files have the same functions with CUR file format or better known as the Static Cursor; its distinction is that being an animated cursor with the use of strings of images to show animation. The format is based on the Microsoft RIFF file format, which is utilized as storage for keeping the individual frames, which are typical Windows icons of the animation. This type of file is usually integrated in a customized theme for desktop, and is helpful to personalize the CPU system. Its final animation is designed with some icon frames are utilized for showing a single image after another to generate animation. Despite of a number of frames using the icon format, part of the stored data in the animated cursor file handle the order of the step, length, title, and the author of the animation.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .dll files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .dll. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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