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WIZ File Extension

Microsoft Wizard Format

What is WIZ file?

WIZ files are associated with various Microsoft wizard files.

What kind of data do WIZ files store?

WIZ files store data necessary for creating projects based on a template. WIZ files store such data as:

  • custom templates,
  • macros,
  • interface elements.

WIZ files are used by various Microsoft applications to guide users through series of steps in completing complex tasks leading to the final output.

How can I generate a WIZ file?

Creating a WIZ manually is possible, although it is a complex process. First, a DOT template must be created with Microsoft Word. Next, all necessary macros must be added before changing the extension from DOT to WIZ. Opening a WIZ file in Microsoft Word (as a template file) allows user to modify the saved macros. Encrypted WIZ files are the exception. WIZ files are best created or edited using dedicated tools, such as Publisher, which is developed by Microsoft.

Programs which support WIZ file extension

Programs that can handle WIZ files are as follows. WIZ files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support WIZ file

Updated: 01/30/2023

How to open file with WIZ extension?

Problems with accessing WIZ may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with WIZ 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. Download and install Microsoft Word

Install software to open WIZ file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening WIZ files is that no program that can handle WIZ files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft Word or one to the listed programs: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Publisher. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download Microsoft Word installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of Microsoft Word and update if needed

Update software that support file extension WIZIf the problems with opening WIZ 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 WIZ 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. Associate Microsoft Wizard Format files with Microsoft Word

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

Associate software with WIZ file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the WIZ file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft Word is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open WIZ files and clicking OK.
Associate software with WIZ file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected WIZ 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
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with WIZ extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the WIZ for errors

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

Check WIZ file for viruses
1. The WIZ may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the WIZ is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the WIZ file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Ensure the file with WIZ extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the WIZ file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with WIZ 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. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

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

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

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 Microsoft Wizard 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 WIZ files affecting older versions of given software.

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