What are CFG and CONFIG files and how do they open? - Quick and easy

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If while reviewing files on your computer you've come across files in the .CFG or.CONFIG format but don't know what they are or if you should keep them on your computer, don't worry. You are in the post indicated, because today we stop to talk a little about What are CFG and CONFIG files and how do they open? - fast and easy.

What are CFG and CONFIG files? 

Files in the .CFG and.CONFIG format are a specific file type for settings and configurations certain software programs or applications. These files are meant to store all kinds of settings related to a particular program, which is why most of them have the .CFG extension.



These types of files are automatically generated on your computer when an application in question undergoes adjustments or changes in its configuration. The advantage of these files is that they can be opened in any text editor common and basic, as most of these files are filled with plain text.

An interesting aspect of these file types is that they do not need to be manually edited or deleted, as an abrupt change to a file with the .CFG or.CONFIG extension can cause serious damage to the application to which the files belong or reset the settings. Of the same.

Files with the .CONFIG extension are more common to see on computers with the Linux operating system, while .CFG files can generally be viewed on Apple Mac computers or Windows PCs. As for the associated programs for each operating system in relation to the CFG and CONFIG files we can mention:

In Windows there are Microsoft Wordpad, Notepad2, Microsoft Notepad ++; MacVim, Macromates TextMate, and Apple Edit are associated with Mac, although they can also be opened by any other free text editor.



How to open CFG and CONFIG files?

Due to the apparent complexity of .CFG and.CONFIG files, many people find that trying to open them should be quite difficult.

The truth is just the opposite, as since these file types are plain text, they can be opened with any common text editor. Although depending on your operating system, the way to open each of these two file types will vary and you need to follow the steps below:

Su Apple Mac

To open a CFG or CONFIG file on your Mac computer, you need to follow these steps to open it effectively:

  • Choose the file with the .CFG or.CONFIG extension types you want to open at the moment, then click il right mouse button on it.
  • Now, you need to select the More Info option that appears in the drop-down menu you will see on the screen and then click on Market to search for the file type you have selected.
  • Note that on Mac the programs with which it is possible opening CFG and CONFIG files are MacVim, TextEdit and TextMate.

Your Windows PC

  • Locate the file you want to open, right-click on it, and then select Properties from the options displayed.
  • So, you need to research and see in File type 'option, to know what type of file is the one you want to open on your Windows PC. Something important you should know is that in Windows you can open CFG and CONFIG files with Notepad, Notepad2, Wordpad, Text Editor, ZEMAX, Microsoft Visual Studio and Delphi. In general, in Windows, configuration files use the extension .ini and by default they are opened with Windows Notepad by simply double clicking on it. Or you can replace Notepad with another application by right clicking on the file, then clicking Open with and selecting the application to open the configuration file with. Another option you have is to change the default program to open the file on your PC, as this way it will always open with the same program.



As for Linux, if you have this operating system on your computer, you can open files with the extension .CFG and.CONFIG with the programmi Gedit o FataFlex

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