The file extension HTC is defined as an HTML Component file which is used to control the dynamics of websites on the Internet. HTML Components or HTCs are commonly used with Microsoft Internet Explorer to provide interactive elements when viewing web pages. The elements are created with Dynamic Hypertext Markup Language or DHTML which controls web page behaviors.
The HTC file extension is classified as a source code and script file type which contains HTML codes and scripts that define specific dynamic components in a web page. HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language and is a language which is used by programmers and developers to provide instructions for PCs and other devices on how to display web page elements.
Files that contain the HTC extension include specific steps which are to be taken by a device for a web page element. This means it is necessary to establish a file with the HTC extension for each dynamic element created for a web page. HTC files can be created using a variety of development applications and are typically stored in plain text format in a folder for the website.
How to Open HTC Files
Since HTC files are stored in plain text format, you can open and view their contents using any text editing program. If you are using Windows, you can open HTC files using WordPad, Notepad, TextPad, Open Office Writer, or Microsoft Word. For Mac OS X, you can open HTC files using Apple TextEdit, TextMate, BBEdit, or Microsoft Word 2011. For the Linux operating system, you can use AbiWord, gEdit, Nano Editor, or Vim to open HTC files.
The file extension HTC can also be opened using Internet Explorer 5 or later. When you access a web page that contains HTML Component files using Internet Explorer, you will see the interactive elements on the web page as opposed to the coding and scripts which are used to create the elements. HTC files are strictly server side, which means the contents are never seen by the end user.
If you are using the Windows operating system or Mac OS X, you can open and view the contents of the file extension HTC using Adobe Creative Suite CS6, which is a suite of applications that assists designers and developers with a variety of different creative tasks. Creative Suite CS6 is available as a free trial on the Adobe website.
You can also opt to use Dreamweaver to open and view the contents of an HTC file. Dreamweaver is a software application used by developers to design web pages and create web page elements. If you are using Windows, you can use Adobe Dreamweaver and for Mac OS X you should use Adobe Dreamweaver for Mac. Both applications are available in a free trial version on the Adobe website.