Opening GID files

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

What is a GID 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 Updated GID files are then created when Windows detects that an outdated help file exists on your computer.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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