The files with the .tmp extension simply refer to the Temporary files. These files are used extensively by many different types of programs to temporarily store a certain amount of data. These are basically the backup data files. There can be various programs associated with the TMP files as they are used by different software. Thus, the tasks to be performed by such files vary according to the parent program. Generally, these files can be viewed in the best manner through any text editor or processing program.
So, how do you create this type of file format?
The files with the TMP are most commonly associated with IMail Server Web Messaging and can also be used by Mail to Beeper or Mail to Fax programs by Ipswitch Inc. Though the .tmp files may be deleted after the purpose is carried out, but there are certain circumstances which cause the files to be retained. It is because sometimes, it becomes difficult to determine whether a .tmp file can be deleted or not. It is because some of these files may contains hidden data also which may be important to the program.
So, what can you expect from this type of file format?
There are basically two types of the TMP available today. The cache.tmp files are automatically generated by the programs when some amount of additional space is required by them. The backup.tmp files, on the other hand, are those which are created by the programs when there is a need to store some amount of data temporarily, or may also be created when data recovery is required , probably in the cases of abrupt interruptions and unusual system crashes.
But what if a software gets corrupted?
In case if a software gets corrupted or crashed, the TMP .tmp files can be used to recover the unsaved data. By checking the location of a . tmp file, its parent software can be known. These files can be opened with programs like Microsoft Word, 2007 or Internet Explorer. Other applications associated with the .tmp files are AZZ Cardfile by Antanas Zdramys, IMail Server by Ipswitch Inc., Nero Audio by AG , Norton Antivirus (the backed up files use this extension) and the Unknown Apple II file which is found on the Golden Orchard Apple II CD Rom.
Open TMP File on Windows OS
- Look for an TMP file you need to open in Windows Explorer and double-click on it
- If the file doesn’t open automatically and you see a “Windows can’t open a file” message then you should search for a program which can open TMP file
- If you have a program which can open TMP file installed on your computer then launch that program and select “File” and then “Open” or similar options from its menu to open the TMP file
- If you don’t have the program installed then you need to try searching for “TMP wiki”, “how to open TMP file” in the search engine.
- Once you find the application, install it on your computer
- After the program is installed double-click on the TMP file to open it
File extensions are used by Windows operating system to specify what kind of information is stored in the file. Every file in Windows OS needs to have file extension and file extensions are used by Windows to determine which application it should use to open the file. Every application installed on Windows OS places information about which extensions it could open into the Windows registry and Windows uses this information to determine which application it should launch when user double-clicks on the file. If application which can open TMP file is not installed, then Windows will show ‘Windows can’t open TMP file’ message and buttons to either select an application on the computer which can open the file or to search the web for the application which can open TMP file.