This page contains information on the WMF file extension (Windows Metafile), a popular video file format

WMF WMF (Image)

File extension .wmf
Category Image File
Description Developed by Microsoft, the .wmf format is a proprietary graphics file type. WMF was first designed to act as a format that allowed vector graphics to be converted to bitmap images and vice versa. The WMF acted as a bridge file, enabling compatibility between the two formats. As new platform independent image formats such as JPEG were developed the need for bridging files such as WMF was removed. The most well known use of the file type is for the early incarnations of clip art that were bundled with Microsoft Office.
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Technical Details A .wmf file may contain both vector graphics and bitmap images to enable portability between two incompatible platforms. The file contains a list of instructions that allows the graphics device to understand how to render the file. It is a 16 bit file.
Associated programs
  • Microsoft Word
  • QuarkXPress
  • Microsoft Publisher
Developed by Microsoft
MIME type
  • application/x-msmetafile
  • application/wmf
  • application/x-wmf
  • image/wmf
  • image/x-wmf
  • image/x-win-metafile
  • zz-application/zz-winassoc-wmf
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WMF Convert WMF file

Using Zamzar, it is possible to convert WMF files to a variety of other formats

  • wmf to bmp (Windows bitmap)
  • wmf to gif (Compuserve graphics interchange)
  • wmf to ico (Windows Icon)
  • wmf to jpg (JPEG compliant image)
  • wmf to pcx (Paintbrush Bitmap Image)
  • wmf to pdf (Portable Document Format)
  • wmf to png (Portable Network Graphic)
  • wmf to ps (PostScript)
  • wmf to tga (Truevision Targa Graphic)
  • wmf to thumbnail (Thumbnail image)
  • wmf to tiff (Tagged image file format)
  • wmf to wbmp (Wireless Bitmap File Format)
  • wmf to webp (Lossily compressed image file)
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