View Windows Metafiles

runs on Windows
screenshot of WMF Viewer

Windows Metafiles (WMF) are an image format that lets you easily incorporate pictures into Word, Excel, and other apps that support that format. There aren't lots of tools out there, however, that let you view those files without embedding them into a document or spreadsheet first. That's not too handy.

WMF Viewer is the exception to this. With this tool you can open WMF files and see what's inside of them before you start sticking them in your documents. It's compatible with standard 16-bit files, and also the newer 32-bit Enhanced Metafiles (EMF). You can open multiple files at once, and once you're in there, it's easy to zoom, scale, align, and more. You can even print them out if you want to.

WMF Viewer is a free download. It's a Windows app and runs under any Win32 system, so you should be able to use it with anybody from Win95 up through Windows 7.

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2 Responses to “View Windows Metafiles”

  1. Kathryn says:

    Instead of using a single-purpose tool, why not use Irfanview (, a wonderful little free graphics viewer and editor which can handle .wmf and many other file formats as well.

    (Disclaimer: I am not associated with Irfanview in any way, except for being a satisfied user.)

  2. dikbozo says:

    Irfanview is fast, free and very, very capable. I liken it to the Swiss Army knife of graphics viewers. If it can’t view it then it isn’t a graphic file. This one trick pony you are trumpeting is a waste of file space.

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