.INS File Extension

LaTeX Installer Script

Developer N/A
Popularity
4.1  |  58 Votes
 

What is an INS file?

An INS file is an installer script used by LaTeX typesetting software. It is typically distributed with a .DTX DOCTex package and contains instructions for extracting the DTX content into separate files, such as .STY or .TEX files.

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INS and DTX files are typically packaged together in a .ZIP archive. To run an INS file, first, extract the files from the ZIP archive using a Zip-decompression utility. Then, open the INS file in a LaTeX application or type latex filename.ins at the command line if the LaTeX command-line utilities are installed.

Common INS Filenames

[same name as accompanying DTX file].ins - The INS file bears the same name as the DTX file it is packaged with in the ZIP archive.

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Ensoniq Instrument

Developer N/A
Popularity
3.8  |  26 Votes
 

Format used to store instrument samples used by Ensoniq synthesizers and sound cards.

Programs that open INS files

Windows
Chicken Systems Sampler Tools
Ensoniq OTTO sound card
Mac
Chicken Systems Sampler Tools

Internet Naming Service File

Developer Microsoft
Popularity
3.8  |  21 Votes
 

Locates IP addresses and names of computers on the Internet, often referred to as "name resolution;" translates the IP address into a name that is stored by the Windows Internet Naming Service; not meant to be manually opened or altered.

Programs that open or reference INS files

Windows
Microsoft WINS (Windows Internet Naming Service)

Adlib Tracker Instrument File

Developer Adlib
Popularity
3.6  |  27 Votes
 

File created by Adlib Tracker, an audio tracking application; contains instrument samples accessed by Adlib Tracker to create compositions; file size is fixed and should not be opened.

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NOTE: The Adlib Tracker II instrument file has the .A2I extension.

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Sample Cell II Instrument Definition File

Developer Avid Technology
Popularity
3.7  |  16 Votes
 

Contains one instrument definition and references to external audio files used by the instrument; used by both Mac and Windows platforms, but incompatible with each other.

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Does not contain actual audio data.

Programs that open or reference INS files

Windows
Sample Cell II
Mac
Sample Cell II

Internet Settings File

Developer Microsoft
Popularity
3.6  |  16 Votes
 

File used by Windows for setting up dial-up and broadband Internet connections; contains connection setup information that enables Windows to setup Internet access with an ISP when opened; also commonly used for setting up Internet Explorer (IE) LAN connection settings.

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System administrators and ISPs sometimes provide IE connection settings files to users with a URL to the INS file. However, as a security precaution, webpage links to INS files are blocked by Internet Explorer so that arbitrary scripts cannot be run on the local computer from a Web link. Instead of placing the link in the Web address field, you need to use the the IE settings dialog to apply the connection settings.

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Inspiration File

Developer Inspiration Software
Popularity
3.5  |  10 Votes
 

Data file created by Inspiration, a visual thinking and learning program typically used for educational purposes; sometimes referred to as a "mind map" file, since it may contain concept maps, webs, and idea maps.

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Inspiration files can be viewed visually in Diagram View or displayed in a linear format, using Outline View.

Programs that open INS files

AGT Game Instruction File

Developer N/A
Popularity
2.9  |  7 Votes
 

Instruction file used by AGiliTY, an Adventure Game Toolkit (AGT) interpreter; contains instructions on how to play the AGT game it is packaged with; does not need to be included with AGT game.

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An AGT game is played by typing commands to navigate through a story. It's similar to a choose-your-own-adventure book. AGiliTy emulates older machines from the 1980s and 1990s that played the original AGT games.

AGT games can be packaged with a wide variety of files that contain game data, including .TTL and .VOC files. Because of the large number of files that accompany the AGT game, the files can be converted into a single .AGX file with the AGT2AGX utility that comes with AGiliTy. This conversion reduces load time, game file size, and clutter.

Common INS Filenames

[name of the game].ins - The INS file bears the same name of the game.

Programs that open or reference INS files

Windows

Internet Explorer Installation Settings

Developer Microsoft
Popularity
1.0  |  1 Vote
 

Install.ins is a settings file used by Microsoft Internet Explorer. It determines defaults for a user's instance of Internet Explorer. Administrators deploying managed versions of Internet Explorer can create custom install.ins files to specify custom defaults.

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Screenshot of a .ins file in Microsoft Notepad
INS file open in Microsoft Notepad

Internet Explorer is a common web browser included with many versions of Windows. All versions of Internet Explorer, including personal users' versions, include a file named install.ins. This file contains plain text data that specifies some Internet Explorer settings.

While a typical user's version of install.ins contains settings related mostly to the app's branding and version, a managed instance of Internet Explorer might include an install.ins file that specifies many more settings. For example, the file might alter Internet Explorer's name, specify a user's default search engine, specify default Favorites, and control whether and how a user can connect to proxy servers.

NOTE: IT administrators create install.ins files using the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK).

Common INS Filenames

Install.ins - Used to set certain Internet Explorer defaults.

How to open an INS file

You can open install.ins in Microsoft Notepad (Windows) or any other text editor, but Windows will not allow you to save any edits you make to the file. If you want to replace your copy of install.ins, create a copy of the file, edit the copy, and then replace your current copy of install.ins with your edited copy.

Programs that open or reference INS files

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Included with OS
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