PBA File Extension

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OpenOffice.org Basic Protected Module Format
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What is PBA file?

PBA is a file extension commonly associated with OpenOffice.org Basic Protected Module Format files. OpenOffice.org Basic Protected Module Format specification was created by Oracle. PBA file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Linux, Mac OS, Windows system platform. Files with PBA extension are categorized as Plugin Files files. The Plugin Files subset comprises 147 various file formats. Apache OpenOffice supports PBA files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 2 other tools may also be used. Apache OpenOffice software was developed by Apache Software Foundation, and on its official website you may find more information about PBA files or the Apache OpenOffice software program.

Programs which support PBA file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with PBA files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. PBA files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support PBA file

How to open file with PBA extension?

Being unable to open files with PBA extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to OpenOffice.org Basic Protected Module Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Download and install Apache OpenOffice

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening PBA files is that no program that can handle PBA files is installed on user’s system. To address this issue, go to the Apache OpenOffice developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Apache OpenOffice installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Apache Software Foundation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of Apache OpenOffice and update if needed

If the problems with opening PBA files still occur even after installing Apache OpenOffice, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Apache OpenOffice is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Apache OpenOffice installed, it may not support PBA format. The latest version of Apache OpenOffice should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open PBA files to Apache OpenOffice

After installing Apache OpenOffice (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open PBA files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Right-click the PBA file and choose 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 Apache OpenOffice installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open PBA files box and clicking OK button.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with PBA extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with PBA extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the PBA for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper PBA file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Check the PBA file for viruses or malware

If the PBA is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the PBA file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. PBA file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

Did you receive the PBA file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with PBA 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.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle Apache OpenOffice

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

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 OpenOffice.org Basic Protected Module Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle PBA files.

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