WDB File Extension

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Microsoft Works Database

What is WDB file?

A .WDB file is a binary database file that is created using the Microsoft Works application. The WDB file stores the database file in a proprietary database file format, which cannot be directly opened using the MS-Access. The WDB file needs to be converted into .DBF using the Microsoft Works application and then the DBF file can be imported using the MS-Access application. Further, the WDB file, which is a default database file format supported by the MS-Works application can be converted into CSV files and the Excel spreadsheets using the Works database converter.

Programs which support WDB file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support WDB files. Files with WDB 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 WDB file

How to open file with WDB extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening WDB files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with WDB extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with WDB files.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Works software

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports WDB files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft Works or one to the listed programs: Works Database Converter. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Works website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update Microsoft Works to the latest version

You still cannot access WDB files although Microsoft Works 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. The reason that Microsoft Works cannot handle files with WDB may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Microsoft Works is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Microsoft Works Database files with Microsoft Works

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Works installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage WDB on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the WDB file
  • 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 Microsoft Works installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open WDB files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected WDB file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with WDB extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the WDB for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the WDB file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

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

Should it happed that the WDB is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the WDB file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the WDB file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

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

If the WDB 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 WDB 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.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Microsoft Works Database file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Works

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with WDB 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 Microsoft Works Database 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 WDB files.

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