File Extension ZABW

  • Full name
    G-Zipped AbiWord Document Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a ZABW 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 ZABW file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your ZABW file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is ZABW file?

The file extension ZABW identifies documents of the word processor AbiWord in the proprietary format of the application, which have been compressed using the GZIP method. These files may contain text, formatting, fonts, images, tables, and graphics. The file format is based on XML.

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These files are also less commonly used with the ending gabw or abw.Gz.

Programs which can open a ZABW file

How to open file with ZABW extension?

In order to open a file with ZABW extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening ZABW 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 ZABW files, follow the instructions below.
Install AbiWord or other program from the list

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

Set AbiWord as the default program for opening ZABW 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 ZABW 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 AbiWord applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where AbiWord has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with ZABW files

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

  • File data is corrupted
  • ZABW 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 ZABW files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • ZABW 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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