.ANI File Extension

File Type:
Windows Animated Cursor

Having trouble opening .ani extension? Don't panic! This page explains what ani files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open ani files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is an ANI file?

Ani file extension has Windows Animated Cursor file type, developed by Microsoft, which is associated with the "system files" category.

Typically used by the Windows OS, the file stores image frames for the collection of .ICO files. It is quite similar to the .CUR file; however, it provides multiple images for the animation. ANI files are useful for storing default Windows animated cursors (like the spinning hourglass) and customized cursors.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

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File Type:
Windows Animated Cursor
System Files

How to open ANI file?

Double click the ani file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .ani extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the ani extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the ani file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open ANI files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the ani file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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