File Extension WBK

  • Full name
    Microsoft Word Auto-backup Document Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a WBK file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a WBK file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your WBK file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is WBK file?

The extension WBK features auto-backup files from Microsoft Word documents. The extension is used in the versions starting from 2007 (Mac 2008) of Word. Later versions use the suffix asd. The files can be used to recover a document after an error.

More info

WBK files are created automatically if the option 'Always create a backup copy' is selected in the settings. These can be found in Word 2007 under Word Options-> Advanced.

Programs which can open a WBK file

How to open file with WBK extension?

In order to open a file with WBK extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening WBK file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with WBK files, follow the instructions below.
Install Microsoft Word or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening WBK files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support WBK files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of WBK files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Microsoft Word as the default program for opening WBK files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate WBK files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Microsoft Word applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Microsoft Word has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with WBK files

Sometimes problems with opening WBK files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • WBK files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open WBK files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • WBK file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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