Opening PREFS files

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

What is a PREFS file?

The .prefs file extension is frequently found in files that are used as container file to house instructions and settings of preference database. It is also a various settings file used in many programs like for example, Exclipse, Zend Studio or Adobe Soundbooth. It can also be found in video games and game maker/ developer software and used to contain the saved preferences from the game options menu that includes the screen resolution, music volume, and other options made by the user.

PREFS files are saved in a plain text format and can be viewed with any text editor. Moreover, .prefs file is sometimes crucial to the creation of the configuration file. Configuration files are made to configure the content of the file or program and all variable elements in the preflight report such as text color, chapter title point size, and the interface. Configuration file uses the preferences set by the user in .prefs text to act it out and to show what the other files or programs contain.


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.

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