Files with wri file extension can be most often found as old documents that were created and saved in the Microsoft Windows Write text editor that was distributed as a part of Microsoft Windows up to version 95.

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WRI file extension - Windows Write document

What is wri file? How to open wri files?

File type specification:

Document file type icon Document file type

wri file icon: wri filetype icon

File extension wri is most likely best known for its use in Windows Write, a simple word processor that was distributed with Microsoft Windows to version 3.11.

A .wri file represents document created and saved in Windows Write.

In Microsoft Windows 95 and higher, Microsoft Write was replaced by Microsoft WordPad., which could be used to open .wri files as well.

MIME types used:

  • application/x-wri
  • application/x-mswrite
  • application/x-wri
  • application/mswrite
  • application/x-mswrite
  • application/wr
  • zz-application/zz-winassoc-wri
  • application/msword
  • application/microsoft_word

This wri file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

Updated: November 22, 2023

The default software associated to open wri file:

Microsoft Write picture or screenshot

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Write  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Windows Write is a simple word processor that came with Microsoft Windows 1.0, Windows 2.0, and the Windows 3.x series. Throughout its lifespan it has been minimally updated, and is comparable to early versions of MacWrite

Help how to open:

You can try to open wri files in Windows WordPad. Sometimes WordPad can view extraneous or garbage characters at the beginning and at the end of the file, but text in the document is readable.

The wri files can also be open in the older versions of Microsoft Works, Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect.

How to convert:

The easiest way would probably be to open wri files in WordPad and save them to another file format. If WordPad viewed extraneous or garbage characters at the beginning and at the end of a .wri file, delete them prior saving.

Windows Write can also save .wri files in to the simple txt files.

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Software that open wri file - Windows Write document

Programs supporting the exension wri on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open wri file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with wri file by default:
Microsoft Write
Other suggested software:
Microsoft Word small icon Microsoft Word
Corel WordPerfect small icon Corel WordPerfect


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