alphabetical list of extensions

File extension .ABW

File description

The files that comprise of the ABW file format are most commonly related to the AbiWord word processing program. The AbiWord is a word procession application that has been developed by the AbiSource software community. 

The ABW extension is a default document that is used by the AbiWord word processing application and is an XML based file format. The .ABW format supports the images, tables, lists, footnotes, rich text formatting and advanced document layouts. The ABW format files are similar to the Microsoft Word DOC files, however, the AbiWord application nearly runs on most of the operating system platforms.

Description of the problem
If you have on your computer a .ABW file that you cannot open, you are in exactly the same situation as thousands of other people who have similar problems with this or any other unknown file.

There may be several reasons why you cannot open the file with .ABW extension. Directly on this website you can find a solution of the most common problem with the .ABW file – that you do not have on your computer the appropriate program to open the file.
From the list below, select the appropriate program, install it and double click on the icon of a file that did not want to open - the problem with the .ABW file extension should be solved. However, if this does not happen, go back to the website to learn about other possible causes of the error, which have been described at the bottom of the website.
Text Files
File name: AbiWord Document
Programs that will open this file:
AbiWord AbiWord
Mac OS
Mac OS
AbiWord AbiWord
AbiWord AbiWord
KWord KWord
The .ABW file extension can correspond to several not related file formats. If there is more than one file format with the .ABW extension, you will probably find most of them at this website. Remember that you need to download a program to support a particular file type. So first look through the entire contents of the website to select a program to support just the file you have.

Other possible reasons why your .ABW file does not want to open

In addition to the problem described above, i.e. the lack of the appropriate application to support the .ABW file, there may be several reasons that cause problems with opening and operation of the data format:

1. Incorrect version of the installed application

A quite common problem is the lack of application in the appropriate version. Even if you have an application, with the help of which you should open the .ABW file, you may have a problem with it because of its version. Perhaps in previous versions the application has not yet supported the .ABW file, so download the update and check again.

2. Incorrect .ABW file association with the program

If you have already installed the appropriate application, and it is the correct version, the file may not open correctly, because the operating system does not have information that this program supports the file. So you need to "show" which program the computer should use. To do this:

  • Right-click the .ABW file
  • Go to the "Open with" - then "Choose default program ..."
  • Locate the appropriate application
  • Click "OK"

3. The file is corrupt

It also happens that the file you want to open is corrupt and therefore there is no such possibility. In this situation, you should find its different version, or ask a person from whom you got, to send it again.