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If they have a file extension .file it may just be the have wrong extension string. Tre renameing a file *.file to *.psd and try to open it with Photoshop. Try other exrensions like .png, Tiff , bmp, gif etc
File TypeGeneric Windows File
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What is a FILE file?
A FILE is a generic file extension that may be appended to a Windows file that does not have an extension. It is an unknown file type and no associated program will automatically open it.
Since the file has a generic extension, you may try opening a ".file" file by dragging it to applications that you think may open it. If the file is formatted as a text file, you can at least view the contents of the file by opening it in a text editor.
Aha, I did this but every time I try to open it photoshop gives me an error message that says "Could not complete your request because it is not a valid photoshop document". I can't imagine the files are corrupted because I received them from a printing company who were nice enough to give me copies because my personal files were lost. I opened them as png and that worked, I received them through an email and they were .file files, hence my original question. The time I sent them to that company was in 2015 and I just now received them.
I've never heard of a '.file' Windows file format, and nor is there one in this Wikipedia list
So it sounds like someone made a mistake. It's not terribly clear from your second post, but are you telling us that you have now fixed your problem by renaming the files with a PNG extension? If that is the case, would you please mark JJ's post as correct so people know this thread has been resolved. Thanks.
If you get a situation like that again open the file with notepad and look at the first few characters
A jpeg starts ÿØÿá
A gif starts GIF
A Png Starts ‰PNG
A PSD starts 8BPS
Then it is simply a matter of adding the correct extension