PSW File Extension

PSW file icon
Pocket Word Document
  • Developer
    Microsoft
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  • Popularity
    3.3 (12 votes)

What is PSW file?

PSW is a text document file created by Pocket Word, a simplified version of Microsoft Word for mobile devices. PSW file contains typical document data, such as text, graphical elements, formatting, page layout ,etc.

Uses of PSW files

PSW files allow users to create and edit text documents using Pocket Word, a wprd processor available for devices running mobile version of Windows system.

Exporting PSW documents to DOC

PSW is a simplified document format based on DOC , and thus it is possible to export or convert such file into the ‘full’ DOC format.

Programs which support PSW file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open PSW files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with PSW 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 PSW file

Updated: 02/24/2020

How to open file with PSW extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening PSW files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with PSW files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Word software

Problems with opening and working with PSW files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with PSW files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Word or different compatible program, such as Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice, SoftMaker Office. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support PSW files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. 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. Check the version of Microsoft Word and update if needed

You still cannot access PSW files although Microsoft Word is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why PSW files are not compatible with Microsoft Word. The latest version of Microsoft Word should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open PSW files to Microsoft Word

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate PSW files with latest version of Microsoft Word you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the PSW with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Microsoft Word is installed, check the Always use this app to open PSW files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

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

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

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the PSW file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. The PSW may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the PSW file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the PSW file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

Did you receive the PSW file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. 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 PSW extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

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 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 PSW extension. In this case close the other applications.

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

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Pocket Word Document file. It may be the case that the PSW files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

Conversion of a PSW file

File Conversions from PSW extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to PSW file
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