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How To Open A PNG File

PNG files—or Portable Network Graphic files—are a copyright-free version of a digital image file. PNG files are a souped-up version of the older GIF format, offering more colors and quality.

If you need to open a PNG file, most computers are equipped with a basic picture viewer, such as Windows Photo Viewer. HowSpot.com recommends using GIMP because it provides a better quality viewing experience. To open your PNG file with GIMP, follow the instructions below.


  • 1

    Download and install GIMP, a free open-source photo viewing & editing software.

  • 2

    Locate the PNG image file you’d like to open. It will have the extension .png.

  • 3

    Right-click on the PNG file, click Open With, and select GIMP to open your file.


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