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OLB File Extension

OLE Object Library
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What is OLB file?

OLB filename suffix is mostly used for OLE Object Library files. OLE Object Library specification was created by Microsoft. Files with OLB extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. OLB file format, along with 6033 other file formats, belongs to the Misc Files category. Microsoft Word supports OLB files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 5 other tools may also be used. Software named Microsoft Word was created by Microsoft Corporation. In order to find more detailed information on the software and OLB files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support OLB file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support OLB files. OLB files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support OLB file

How to open file with OLB extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening OLB files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with OLB extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Word software

Install software to open OLB file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports OLB files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft Word or one to the listed programs: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Visual FoxPro. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Word website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft Word

Update software that support file extension OLBIf the problems with opening OLB files still occur even after installing Microsoft Word, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Microsoft Word is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of Microsoft Word installed, it may not support OLB format. The most recent version of Microsoft Word is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Word to OLB files

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

Associate software with OLB file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the OLB with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • 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 Microsoft Word installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open OLB files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with OLB file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected OLB file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with OLB extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the OLB file is complete and free of errors

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

Check OLB file for viruses
1. Verify that the OLB in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the OLB file hinders attempts to open 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 OLB file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic OLB file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with OLB extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative 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 Microsoft Word

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with OLB extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with OLE Object Library files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the OLB files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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