How to Open .NFO Files in Windows 10

This quick guide will show you how to open .nfo files on your Windows 10 computer or tablet.


.NFO files are really just text files. They contain information (hence the “nfo” name) typically about software or digital media. Best of all, you don’t need to install any additional software to open .nfo files.

Open .NFO Files in Windows

  1. Locate the .nfo file you want to open but instead of double-clicking it, right-click it and select Open with… from the menu.
  2. the context menu for right-clicking a file in windows 10

  3. Below the section titled Other options find the More apps link and give it a click.
  4. the open a file dialog box in windows 10

  5. Windows will now display a list of most of the apps on your computer. Select Notepad from that list, place a check in the box labelled Always use this app to open .nfo files and then click OK
  6. selecting an app to open nfo files in windows 10

  7. Notepad will open and display the contents of your .nfo file.
  8. Notepad open with an .nfo file displayed

  9. That’s it! Each time you want to open an .nfo file going forward all you have to do is double-click it – Notepad will launch and automatically open that file. Also, all of the .nfo files on your computer will have a new icon – the same one as Notepad and .txt files.
  10. a windows 10 file manager with an nfo file displayed

If you want to make your own NFO file all you need to do is use Notepad to create a .txt file and then rename it to an .nfo. If you want to create an NFO file with fancy ascii art, you could try out NFO Maker – an open source (free) app for Windows.

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