How to Read a PFX File

Written by mitchell white
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A PFX file is a digital certificate that's used to determine whether a device like a computer or Web server is authentic, that is, whether it is what it says it is. You can open a PFX file with the native program Microsoft Certificate Manager. This program is already installed on Windows computers, so you won't have to download anything new to use it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click "Start" in Windows.

  2. 2

    Type "certmgr.msc" into the search box and press "Enter" to bring it up.

  3. 3

    Double-click on the PFX file in the Certificate Manager to open it.

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