Open ANS file

The most commonly used .ans file type: ANSI text (ANSI Art)

How to open ans files?

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What is ans file?

An ans file extension is associated with the ANSI Art text file format.

More information about ans files: ANSI text (ANSI Art)

The ans file extension is related to ANSI art, a computer artform that was widely used at one time on BBSes.

It is similar to ASCII art, but constructed from a larger set of 256 letters, numbers, and symbols — all codes found in IBM code page 437, often referred to as extended ASCII and used in MS-DOS environments.

ANSI art also contains special ANSI escape sequences that color text with the 16 foreground and 8 background colors offered by ANSI.SYS, an MS-DOS device driver loosely based upon the ANSI X3.64 standard for text terminals.

Some ANSI artists take advantage of the cursor control sequences within ANSI X3.64 in order to create animations, commonly referred to as ANSImations.

Suggested software to open ans file

NotePad++ text editor

A free source code and text editor for Windows


The default text editor in Mac OS X

Other ANS file name extensions using the same .ans suffix

.ans - ANSYS model data

Files with ans file extension can also be found as model data used by applications developed by ANSYS.

Open ans file with software: ANSYS DesignModeler

.ans - HotDocs answer file

Files with ans extension may also potentially be answer data documents generated using HotDocs software solution.

Open ans file with software: HotDocs

.ans - Microsoft Word text and layout data

An ans file extension is related to the Microsoft Word word processor distributed as a part of Microsoft Office.

Open ans file with software: Microsoft Office Microsoft Word

What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the computer file name, so for example document-name.pdf has file extension „pdf“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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