UW File Extension

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Unsigned Word Audio Format

What is UW file?

UW is a file extension commonly associated with Unsigned Word Audio Format files. UW files are supported by software applications available for devices running Mac OS, Windows. UW file format, along with 704 other file formats, belongs to the Audio Files category. QuickTime Player supports UW files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 2 other tools may also be used. On the official website of Apple, Inc. developer not only will you find detailed information about theQuickTime Player software, but also about UW and other supported file formats.

Programs which support UW file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support UW files. Files with UW suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support UW file

How to open file with UW extension?

Problems with accessing UW may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with UW 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 QuickTime Player software

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening UW files is that no program that can handle UW files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install QuickTime Player or one to the listed programs: Awave Studio. 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 QuickTime Player installed is by going to developer’s website (Apple, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of QuickTime Player

You still cannot access UW files although QuickTime Player 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 UW files are not compatible with QuickTime Player. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using QuickTime Player.

Step 3. Assign QuickTime Player to UW files

If you have the latest version of QuickTime Player installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage UW on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the UW with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the QuickTime Player installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open UW files box and clicking OK button.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected UW file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with UW extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the UW 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 UW file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. The UW 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 UW 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 UW file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Verify that the UW file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic UW file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the UW file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

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

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Unsigned Word Audio Format file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open QuickTime Player

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

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Unsigned Word Audio Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with UW files affecting older versions of given software.

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