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.

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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.

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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.