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.ref File Extension

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

what is a .ref file?

The Microsoft Train Simulator Reference File is stored in the REF format and is affixed with the REF extension, and is used by Microsoft Train Simulator program. These REF files are generally classified as data files that contain shape file settings references such as the .S shape filename, shadow properties, class, alignment, and description. They also store a list of shapes that can be imported into a simulation. The Microsoft Train Simulator is also known as MSTS and it is a computer based game that involves simulation of train operations. The user or gameplayer gets to operate a train that will run in 6 railway routes. The base package contains 9 drivable locomotives and multiple units plus 8 AI trains. It also features custom building route in Europe, Asia and the United States. The Microsoft Train Simulator software can be used in Microsoft Windows based systems to access and play REF files.

how to open a .ref file?

Launch a .ref 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 .ref 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 .ref files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .ref file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .ref file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .ref file association errors

applications that open a .ref file

Microsoft Train Simulator

Microsoft Train Simulator

A train simulator is a computer based reproduction of rail transport operations. REF file format is linked to the Microsoft Train Simulator Reference File, utilized by Train Simulator program; is also known as MSTS and it is a computer based game that engaged simulation of train operations. The game player or the user is able to operate a train that will run in 6 railway routes. The base package has 9 drivable locomotives and multiple units plus 8 AI trains. It also features custom building route in Europe, Asia and the United States. The Microsoft Train Simulator software can be utilized in Microsoft Windows based systems to access and play REF files. Usually REF files are categorized as data files containing shape file settings references such as the .S shape filename, class, alignment, shadow properties, and description, also, these files also are stored a list of shapes that can be imported into a simulation.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .ref 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, .ref. 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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