How to Read a VCF File

Written by richard kalinowski
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How to Read a VCF File
You can get contact information from a VCF file in Notepad. (Ciaran Griffin/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Virtual business cards, or "vCards" for short, are used to share contact information between address books and scheduling programs. A vCard file is saved with a VCF extension. If you try to click on a VCF file, your operating system usually doesn't know what to do with the file and it won't open. However, the file's data is in a simple text format and it is viewable in most TXT or RTF readers.

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  1. 1

    Click on the "Start" menu.

  2. 2

    Type "Notepad" in the "Search programs and files" field.

  3. 3

    Click on the Notepad icon in the results field.

  4. 4

    Click "File."

  5. 5

    Click "Open."

  6. 6

    Click on the drop-down box that reads "Text Documents (*.txt").

  7. 7

    Select "All Files."

  8. 8

    Browse your computer's folders and click on the VCF file you want to read.

  9. 9

    Click "Open." The VCF file is now displayed in the Notepad window for you to read.

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