How to Open the File Extension Tmp

By Louise Jones

Files with the file extension .tmp are temporary files, used when you download data, by auto save functions in various software applications and during the installation process. Most temp files will automatically clear themselves after an installation or download is complete. Some files are needed for computer programs to continue functioning. If you have lost a text-based document these files can be useful to retrieve the text you have written.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • .tmp file

Open a File with the File Extension Tmp

Step 1

Right click on the .tmp file, and a drop-down menu will open.

Step 2

Select "Open with" from the menu.

Step 3

Select "Notepad" from the list of applications. If Notepad isn't in this list click on "Choose program..." and select Notepad from the extended list of applications.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never open a file that you are unsure of. It may contain a virus.
  • Never delete files that you are unsure of; they may be needed to make your programs function.