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File Extension DIR

Files that contain the file extension DIR are associated with multiple programs and applications which include Adobe Director, Directory Indicator, and ProComm. DIR files contain data and information related to the program that created them.

If the DIR extension is related to Adobe Director, the file is a video file type that contains scripts and codes, video elements, file references, video timelines, and other elements which are necessary for running a movie. Adobe Director is a multimedia authoring program produced by Adobe Systems that provides a way to create and publish videos and interactive multimedia applications.

DIR files that are associated with Directory Indicator are a data file type designed to examine empty directories in the Windows operating system to determine if they can be deleted. This type of file typically appears in the operating system as MSCREATE.DIR and is associated with the Windows Setup program. DIR files are created every time you establish a new folder in Windows Explorer.

DIR files created with ProComm are text file types that contain source code and commands for dialing out of your PC. ProComm is a Dialing Directory produced by Symantec. It allows PC users to dial other devices using the installed software application.

How to Open DIR Files

Since DIR files are associated with multiple programs and applications, double click on them to see if they will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. DIR files can consist of different file types, so you may already have a program you need.

If DIR files are associated with Adobe Director and you use Windows or Mac OS X, you can open them using the Adobe Director 11.5 multimedia authoring program. It is available in a free trial version on the Adobe website.

DIR files that are used with Microsoft Windows are a necessary part of managing files for applications. There is really no reason to open this type of DIR file. Typically it is a hidden file type in the Windows operating system. The file is in use when you run the Windows Setup program in maintenance mode. While running Setup in this mode, if you delete any components, the MSCREATE.DIR file will examine the folder to determine whether or not it can be deleted.

If DIR files are created with ProComm, you can use ProComm Dialing Directory, which is available on the Symantec website. This type of file is typically in plain text, which means you can open and view the file’s contents using any text editing program such as Notepad or WordPad for Windows, Apple TextEdit for Mac, or gEdit and Nano Editor for Linux.