.WRI File Extension

Microsoft Write Document

Developer Microsoft
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What is a WRI file?

A WRI file is a text document created using Microsoft Write, a basic word processor that came with early versions of Windows. WRI files typically contain styled text and page formatting information. For example, a WRI file may contain a formatted letter, resume, or other document.

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Screenshot of a .wri file in LibreOffice Writer
WRI file open in LibreOffice Writer

Microsoft Write was included with Windows 1.0 to Windows NT 3.51. With the release of Windows 95, Microsoft discontinued both Write and the WRI file format, and replaced Write with Microsoft Wordpad.

Because Microsoft Write has been discontinued for decades, WRI files are now uncommon. However, several word processing programs can still open WRI files.

How to open a WRI file

You can open a WRI file with LibreOffice Writer (multiplatform), OpenOffice Writer (multiplatform), or Collabora Office (multiplatform).

How to convert a WRI file

LibreOffice Writer, OpenOffice Writer, and Collabora Office can all convert WRI files to other, more common document formats. For example, LibreOffice Writer can convert WRI files to the following formats (and several others):

  • .DOCX - Microsoft Word Document
  • .ODT - OpenDocument Text Document
  • .RTF - Rich Text Format
  • .TXT - Plain Text
  • .HTML - Hypertext Markup Language
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
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Programs that open WRI files

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