Open Freely: A universal file opener for Windows which opens over 100 files

Open Freely is a freeware application that allows you to open any kind of document, media or compressed file format. Once installed, there is no need of a media player, compressed archive manager or a PDF viewer.

The program supports multiple complimentary options such as image cropping, resizing, rotating, copying, printing, saving, etc. All these options are displayed automatically on the screen once a file is opened using Open Freely. The 25.9 MB size program also lets you save file types in multiple file formats.

Features in a nutshell:

  • Opens PDF documents
  • Opens and edits Microsoft office documents ( Word, Excel and PowerPoint files)
  • Plays audio and video files (WMV, AVI, FLV, MPG, MPEG, MOV, MP4, MP3, etc.)
  • Opens Windows System files such as EXE, DLL, BPL, SCR, CPL, OPX, etc.

Any document can be opened either by associating the file type with Open Freely or by using the Open With dialog. Also, a document file type such as  TXT, Doc, CSV, XLSX, etc becomes editable the moment it is opened with Open Freely thereby eliminating the need to install system intensive and paid office suites such as MS Office.

The free tool requires some codecs and components such as .NET Framework 4 for its installation. It then, automatically installs K-lite codec  pack in the computer for the program to play various multimedia files.

The downside of the application is that it does not display some complex Office documents properly at times. On the contrary, general file format support is good and there are some handy extras such as resource editor that allows a user to access the bitmaps and other resources in executable files. 

It should be noted that this is only the first version of the free tool and therefore many improvements can be soon expected. Open Freely is functional on Windows 7, Vista and XP.

You can download Open Freely from here.

Universal Viewer and Free Opener may also interest you.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.
  • Mohsin Ali Waheed

    Thank god some one is taking this initiative other wise windows people or really stupid. We need desperately a one software which handles all types of media as well.

  • Gregg L. DesElms

    The author’s command of the written word could be better. His use of “on the contrary,” given its context, is completely incorrect in this article. He may be a post-grad in bio-tech, but he should have taken an extra English comp or writing course during his undergrad. The use of the phrase “on the contrary” is usually used to disprove a diametrically opposite common belief which immediately precedes it. In this case, given the sentence which immediately preceded “on the contrary” in this article, the author should have used “[t]hat notwithstanding” or something of that nature. One may accuse me of picking nits, but as an old copy editor I’m sick and tired, in life, of how the English language is being increasingly bastardized and no one seems to care. I care; and I get to comment on it.

    But that’s not my point in chief, here.

    My overarching concern is that this respected web site would endorse any product which FORCES the use of a specific codec pack. For those who really and truly understand codecs, the choice of a codec pack is an almost religious experience; and no particular piece of software, no matter how good it seems, is usually worth losing the choice of codec pack in order to use. This one is clearly no exception.

    If the author of this software really wants his/her product to be as universally loved and used as it appears to be universally capable of opening virtually any file, then s/he needs to allow virtually any codec pack…

    …or, if not, then s/he should at least allow for the use of… oh… let’s say the top five or so of them. If so, then both versions of K-Lite would be acceptable, as would Shark007, and SEVERAL others. Better yet, the software should simply check for the presence of whatever codecs it needs, and then offer to the user that it will individually download whatever ones are missing. Heck, even the generally awful Windows Media Player knows how to do that.

    However, this entire discussion begs the observation that universal file openers and/or viewers have been tried MANY times before… several of them with quite impressive results easily on par with this product’s abilities. In the final analysis, though, none of them end-up being as useful as originally thought; and, to the last of them, with time and changes in file formats and capabilities, they become less and less attractive…

    …especially when one considers the file type association conflicts which inevitably end-up rearing their ugly heads.

    Swiss Army Knife style products have always been troublesome on desktop computers. Believe me, I’ve seen them all in my 35 years in IT. By trying to be too many things to too many people, they end-up doing a few mainstream things reasonably well, but what they can’t do eventually makes them all about breadth and not depth and so they fall short the first time they’re called upon to do something even remotely complex…

    …as even this product’s apologist who authored the article on which I’m commenting was forced to concede when he pointed-out the product’s inability to display complex Office document files. That’s no small thing. If one does not have either Microsoft Office or one of its allegedly compatible competing “office” products installed on one’s machinee, then one would be far better off just downloading and using the completely free Office viewers by Microsoft itself. That’s why they exist, so that even those without Microsoft’s actual Office product on their machines may still view/print Office-produced files precisely (and that’s the operative word, in this situation) as they’re intended to be viewed/printed. And, of course, the instant that one so does, then the allure of an all-in-one, Swiss Army Knife style tool like this one suddenly begins to fade because, ultimately, it can’t really do what it claims it can do with sufficient both reliability and accuracy to be really and truly useful.

    That’s how it ALWAYS, in my over three decades of experience, ends-up with all-in-one tools like this. They’re never quite all they’re cracked-up to be; and/or they impose requirements on the user (in this case, the forced use of a specific codec pack, just to name what I’ll bet is but one of many) which SMART users, at least, will find untenable.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  • Jagporter

    One may accuse me of picking nits, but … I’m sick and tired, in life, of how the English language is being increasingly bastardized and no one seems to care.

    Therefore, “none of them end-up being as useful as originally thought” should, of course, have read “none of them ENDS-up being as useful as originally thought”. Because the word ‘none’ is a contraction of ‘not one’, it requires to be followed by the 3rd person singular verb instead of its plural form.

  • Ubiuhbde

    will it open .ART ( aol pictures)

  • Saxenahem2507

    OK Gregg, i’ll take note of it and be careful from next time.

  • greg crosby

    On a worldwide stage simple communication of the truth knocks down the barrier of communication.

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