ABW File Extension

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What is ABW file?

ABW is the default file format used by a AbiWord word processor for saving created documents. ABW files store document data and related elements such as text formatting, page layout, lists, images, diagrams, tables, etc.

ABW format features

ABW is base on XML foramt and offers support for RTF (Rich Text Formatting). ABW format also features such as format comptibility, advanced layout functions, or support for plugins.

Similarites to DOC format

ABW format is similar to Microsoft Word DOC document format. Documents created with AbiWord are, in contrast to DOC files, compatible with many operating systems.

Programs which support ABW file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open ABW files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with ABW extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support ABW file

Updated: 02/22/2020

How to open file with ABW extension?

Being unable to open files with ABW extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to AbiWord Document files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with ABW files.

Step 1. Download and install AbiWord

Problems with opening and working with ABW files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with ABW files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing AbiWord or different compatible program, such as KWord. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading AbiWord installed is by going to developer’s website (The AbiSource Community) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update AbiWord to the latest version

You still cannot access ABW files although AbiWord is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why ABW files are not compatible with AbiWord. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using AbiWord.

Step 3. Set the default application to open ABW files to AbiWord

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate ABW files with latest version of AbiWord you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the ABW file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the AbiWord installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open ABW files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected ABW file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select AbiWord and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with ABW extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the ABW for errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the ABW file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Check the ABW file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the ABW is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the scanner detected that the ABW file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the ABW file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with ABW extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run AbiWord

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support ABW files. Close all running programs and try opening the ABW file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with AbiWord Document files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle ABW files.

Conversion of a ABW file

File Conversions from ABW extension to a different format
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