File extension .HTA
The .HTA file extension is an HTML Application which is utilized for designing web applications that execute programs on a computer instead of relying on a web browser. An .HTA file supports all HTML elements as well as dynamic HTML and ActiveX technology which enables the application to exercise more control over the operating system. It is also capable of accessing the underlying system’s APIs for advanced scripting abilities.
Notable Features of HTML Application Files
The Microsoft Windows Script Host (WSH) is responsible for managing .HTA files and documents, providing a vast array of features such as the ability to access system variables, network resources, files and threads. Further, multimedia components like audio, video or animation can be embedded into the application via HTML tags. HTML applications can also facilitate communication with other software programs and hardware devices via OLE Automation, ActiveX Data Objects and DDE.
Additionally, it may be helpful to note that while .HTA files are similar to .HTML, .HTM, and other related Web document formats, they are always executed through the WSH rather than a web browser like Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. Other related formats include .JS, .JSE, .VBS, and more.
Programs for WINDOWS system
Programs for MAC system
After installing the required software, the operating system will usually automatically associate an unknown file type (in this case .HTA) with the new application. If this does not happen, we can help the system a bit by selecting the software for it, which it should always use to open files with the .HTA extension.
When choosing the software we can select the system to use this software every time.
Using it for the first time it is good to check whether the .HTA file opened in the application can be read by us and opens in a way that allows us to use it. If everything is in order, select this option the next time you open a file with the .HTA extension. However, if the file has not opened correctly, we have to look for a different software, with which we can open files with the .HTA extension. Select a different software from our list and install it on your computer. After the software is installed, repeat inspection openings of a .HTA file. Sometimes you have to repeat the operation several times.
If none of the programs listed by us to work with the .HTA file has not meet your expectations, you can try searching other websites. But remember to avoid downloading programs "that can open any file". These applications not only have very limited functionality, but may also expose you to expense tens of dollars when purchasing a license.
In the vast majority of cases you will find the program dedicated to support the .HTA file, or any other file format. In addition, there is a chance that it will be a free program, and its functionality (concerning the .HTA file) will be extended to the maximum.
It is also good to check
- if the .HTA file has no errors
- or if it has been copied (or downloaded by the browser) thoroughly
Mr B. Adam
Author of the guidelines / Founder of FileExtension.info
New technologies enthusiast, helping to solve problems with the files.
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