ZW File Extension

ZW file icon
Chinese Text Format

What is ZW file?

ZW filename suffix is mostly used for Chinese Text Format files. ZW files are supported by software applications available for devices running Linux, Mac OS, Windows. Files with ZW extension are categorized as Text Files files. The Text Files subset comprises 353 various file formats. The most popular program for handling ZW files is NJStar, but users can choose among 3 different programs that support this file format.

Programs which support ZW file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open ZW files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. ZW files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support ZW file

Windows Windows
Linux Linux

How to open file with ZW extension?

Problems with accessing ZW may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with ZW files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install NJStar software

Install software to open ZW file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening ZW files is that no program that can handle ZW files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select NJStar or one of the recommended programs (for example, SubTitle, HZ) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. 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 NJStar installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update NJStar to the latest version

Update software that support file extension ZWIf the problems with opening ZW files still occur even after installing NJStar, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of NJStar is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why ZW files are not compatible with NJStar. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using NJStar.

Step 3. Assign NJStar to ZW files

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

Associate software with ZW 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 ZW 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 NJStar installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open ZW files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with ZW file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the ZW file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • 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 ZW extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the ZW is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the ZW file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

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

If the ZW 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. ZW 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 ZW 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. It could happen the the download process of file with ZW extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

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

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Chinese Text Format file again.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run NJStar

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

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

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Chinese Text Format files. It may be the case that the ZW files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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