Tutorial on how to open an ICA file

What is an ICA file?

ICA stands for Independent Computer Architecture and is a file used by Citric application servers. This type of file contains information for connecting to different servers. ICA files have the .ica extension and are usually generated by an application such as the Application Configuration or ICA File Editor. ICA files are sometimes used to create some custom WinFrame client diskettes.

Issues when opening an ICA file

Whenever you try to open an ICA file, you will reach the following window:

Select program from a list

This means that the file is unrecognized and that Windows is unable to open it. It also means that you need additional software installed before you can open the file. The problem is that you don't know what software to use. Windows does not explain which tool opens which file, so up to you to figure this out.

One way of finding the perfect tool is to search Google for " ICA file extension". You will receive an impressive number of options. However, choosing the right one is the dif is ficult part. In our case, we do not need to download and install anything from the Internet. We have what we need right here in Windows. Let see what program opens ICA files.

What to use

ICA files are opened with Notepad. Quite simple, isn't it? But where were you to know that Notepad to open these files? This is why we are here – to help you. So, go ahead and double click the file again. You will see the same window as before. Click select the program from a list and click OK. You should see the following window:

Choose the program

As you can see, you can choose the program with which to open the file. Notepad even appears under the recommended programs. If you do not see the program in the list, you can click browse to search for it manually. In our case, we see the program from the start. It is called Notepad. Make sure that “always use the selected program to open this kind of file" is not active. If it is active when you click OK, Windows will always open the file with Notepad. Select Notepad and click OK.

As you can see, Notepad opens the file and you can edit it. Opening ICA files is quite easy, once you know what program to use. To save the file simply click File and click Save or Save As, like in the picture below:

Edit the file

Congratulations, you've done it! Since the method of opening these kinds of files is so simple, we can consider that this tutorial is over. I hope you had a pleasant lecture!

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