ABW File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an ABW file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .ABW files.

What is an ABW file?

An .ABW file is an AbiWord Document file. Files that contain the .abw file extension are most commonly associated with the AbiWord word processing software application. AbiWord is a free word processing software that has been created by the AbiSource software community.

The ABW file format is the default document format for the AbiWord word processing software, and the format is based on XML. The ABW file format allows for advanced document layouts, rich text formatting, lists, tables, images, and footnotes. ABW files are similar in nature to Microsoft Word DOC files; however, unlike Microsoft Word files, the AbiWord program can run on almost any computer operating system. AbiWord has the option to save documents in compressed form, too, in which case they use file extension ZABW.

How to open ABW files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension ABW for different purposes. We have identified 1 ABW opener for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of ABW file.

Programs that open these files

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Suggest another file format using extension ABW

While we know of one file format using the .ABW file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .ABW file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of ABW files. Remember, different programs may use ABW files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

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OpenOffice.org WriterOpenOffice.org WriterUser submitted
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We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with ABW-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with ABW-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!