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What are GID files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a GID file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your GID files.

What is a GID file?

A .GID file is a Windows Help Index file.

Files with the .gid file extension contain hidden Windows 95 help files. The Windows 95 operating system uses these files for its integrated help system.

When you open a help file in the Windows 95 operating system to get assistance with a Windows-based task, Windows analyzes the file and creates a hidden GID file that speeds up access to the various Windows help topics.

Each time you open a help file within the Windows operating system, a new GID file is created on your hard drive. Updated GID files are then created when Windows detects that an outdated help file exists on your computer.

How to open GID files

Important: Different programs may use files with the GID file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your GID file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the app ourselves yet, our users have suggested a single GID opener which you will find listed below.

Last updated: May 27, 2022

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of GID files. Remember, different programs may use GID files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.


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