What Is the File Extension Hta?

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Hta file extensions are useful for several Internet-based programs and Web browsers. They offer coders and programmers, those making applications and pages for the Internet, a way to enter custom features that are useful for their work.

What Hta Is

  • Hta file extensions are executable files. In other words, these files can be run by double-clicking on them. They contain hypertext which is used in the HTML (hypertext markup language) coding language, a language commonly used for building content on many websites.

Programs That Use It

  • If running a Windows-based operating system, commonly used programs that can run .hta executables include Internet Explorer, Adobe Dreamweaver and Mozilla Firefox. People running Mac operating systems will need to download Internet Explorer for Mac to run .hta files.

Things to Watch Out For

  • Hta files can be infected with viruses, so they should be scanned using trustworthy antivirus software before using them. Trojan horse-type viruses and other exploits can be hidden within .hta extension files. Viruses hidden in .hta files can be used to rewrite the system registry, adversely affecting how a computer functions.

What Hta Is Not

  • Hta files are not websites. They are used to perform actions on and for web pages, making them useful for people writing HTML-based pages.

How to Make an Hta File

  • Any text or HTML file can be made into an .hta file by changing the extension when saving the file. Using the "Save As..." option will allow the extension to be changed.

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