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Opening DDS files

Did your computer fail to open a DDS file? We explain what DDS files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your DDS files.

What is a DDS file?

DDS stands for DirectDraw Surface. Files that contain the .dds file extension are used to store a variety of raster images.

The DDS file format is most commonly used by the Microsoft DirectX multimedia applications. This file format allows a user to store uncompressed and compressed pixel formats. It is the preferred file format for storing DXTn compressed data files.

The DDS file format is frequently used to store textures and environment maps that are used in gaming applications. This files are used to enhance a user's gameplay experience.

The DDS file format can also be used to store desktop backgrounds for the Windows operating system.

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About File Extension DDS

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