Opening an HTM file

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Windows 10
Hi, I have a file of photographs within Dropbox which is saved as an HTM file. However I cannot open this file using either google chrome or internet explorer. Can anyone help? Operating system is Windows 10.

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Were these pictures saved as part of a web site? I don’t understand why photographs would ever be saved as HTM files – I have only seen this crop up when people try to “Save” a website to capture pictures on it….but end up accidentally capturing parts of the website itself.

If they really are photographs that were accidentally saved in HTM format, then correcting the file extension may bring them back. Good luck.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Have you tried this in latest FireFox version! Also before open in IE, disable all add-ons and then try again.
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  • simpson72
    Thanks will try this.  This was a file that I shared with other people in Dropbox and now I am thinking that is the problem but Dropbox not very good at helping as free user and do not pay.  Have however found the photos in one drive so not all lost.  Just annoyed that this has happened.

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  • TheRealRaven
    I cannot open this file using either google chrome or internet explorer.

    Why not? What happens? Is there an error message?

    What are the exact steps you take in attempting to "open" the file? Do you download it first? (How?)
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  • simpson72
    When I click on the file it opens up Microsoft edge which then tries to open the file.  The same happens when I use google chrome and internet explorer.  I have left it running for 10 to 15 minutes thinking that the file is rather big as it is 890KB.
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  • TheRealRaven
    When I click on the file it opens up Microsoft edge which then tries to open the file.

    Where do you see the file to "click on" it? AFAIK, opening a .HTM file should cause MS Edge to start. That's a main file type that Edge exists to process.

    The same happens when I use google chrome and internet explorer.

    How do you "click on" the file with Chrome or IE such that it's different from how you "click on" it without Chrome or IE?

    A 890KB file is isn't very big. It might be relatively large for, say, a .JPG image compressed for web use; but it wouldn't take more than a couple seconds to download on most broadband connections.

    However, if it's somehow a .HTM file that really only has enough links to images to total 890KB of just links, the links could cause some huge amount of data to try to download. No telling how much data would be involved.

    First thing I'd try is opening the file with Notepad just to see what it's actually made of.
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  • simpson72
    I open file explorer to open dropbox, however I have tried going through the dropbox website and same happens.  to open with google chrome I right click on the file and then select open with these apps.
    Have opened the file on notepad but as I do not know what to look for it is meaningless to me.  Lots of words.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    If you know HTML, then you can understand some HTML tags/syntaxes. Assuming what you opened in notepad, this is a .HTM/HTML file. Which contains lots of tags and HTML writing structure like <head>, <body> etc.
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  • ToddN2000
    An HTML file will contain the access path / location of the file/image/photo. It will not have the actual image. Did you save the dropbox page as an HTML file and hope it would save a copy of all the images in question?
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