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.skim File Extension

Developer: Skim
File type: Skim Notes File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .skim. Files with the file extension .skim can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .skim files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .skim file?

A Skim notes file is used in conjunction with programs developed for authoring PDF files, and these Skim notes files are integrated with text data storage specifications used by the Skim program. Generally classified as data files, the content stored in these Skim notes files are referenced by the PDF viewer application when a user views a PDF file associated to a Skim notes file. The content of a Skim notes file may include notes or comments saved by a user with the Skim program while reading a PDF file. These Skim notes files are also implemented with encoding standards used by the Skim application for the SKIM file format. These Skim notes files are affixed with the .skim extension, and the Skim program was developed to provide users with a set of additional features useful when reading PDF files. Annotations can be saved in these Skim notes files by the user for PDF files with the use of the Skim application. These Skim notes files are separately saved from the associated PDF file, so supported PDF viewer applications can just reference and load the data stored in these SKIM files when the user requests to see the notes and annotations or comments saved in the associated Skim notes file. These SKIM files should also be saved in the same name as the name of the PDF file.

how to open a .skim file?

Launch a .skim file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .skim file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .skim files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .skim file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .skim file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .skim file association errors

applications that open a .skim file



Skim was originally designed for reading and annotating scientific papers in PDF, but it has also become a PDF reader and note-taker for Mac OS X. It features a table of contents which displays the chapters that have already been read, they are marked differently from unread chapters. The table of contents pane may also be used for conducting a quick search on a specific word or phrase from the document, users may set a preference to search by words or relevance, which will help in books with thousands of pages. The software can create notes within the PDF document. Notes can be added directly on the page to remind the user about something useful in the book or regarding the text that was read. Another type of note is the Anchored Note, which is used for longer notes. A title and icon may be assigned to it and it becomes a small icon that will pop-up when double clicked. Documents may also be annotated and drawing of circles, rectangles, and lines and also highlighting text are allowed by the software. Snapshots of important sections of a PDF document may be taken for reference, so users won't have to leaf back to each section just to view it. These annotations and snapshots are acessible through the Notes Pane, which can be shown or hidden. When notes need to be deleted, users will just have to right click on the item contained in this pane and choose Delete. Other editing commands may also be used like Copy, Edit and Select.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .skim files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .skim. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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