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.tab File Extension

Developer: Pitney Bowes Software
File type: MapInfo TAB File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .tab. Files with the file extension .tab can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .tab files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .tab file?

The TAB format is used as a GIS file of a mapping application called MapInfo. Pitney Bowes Software now develops updates for this desktop mapping software since they acquired this application from its original developer. ASCII text is implemented into the content of these TAB files. A file with the .tab extension may consist of details that can be referenced when a user views an associated spatial data file using the MapInfo application. Generally, files in the .tab format are created to store geological details of a particular location. The ESRI ArcGIS Desktop software is another program that can be used to view these TAB files, and others include the Golden Software Surfer application and the Golden Software Didger program aside from the MapInfo application and the GDAL software.

how to open a .tab file?

Launch a .tab file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .tab file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .tab files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .tab file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .tab file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .tab file association errors

applications that open a .tab file

ESRI ArcGIS Desktop

ESRI ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS for Desktop has full cartographic production process, unlimited sharing of data and maps, editing tools and advanced analysis and Geoprocessing. Specifically, the program features on: Spatial Analysis tools that turns data into actionable information and automate your various GIS tasks; Data Management where you can easily integrate all types of data for visualization and analysis; Mapping and Visualization that enables you to produce high quality maps; Advanced Editing which simplifies your data design, input, and cleanup; Geocoding in which address locations and recognizing patterns within the information can be spatially displayed; Map Projections that is used in integrating data sets from disparate sources into a common framework; Advanced Imagery where you can use it as basemap or background in analyzing other data layers, applying various specifications to the image dataset, or using it as part of the analysis; Data Sharing where you can share data to individuals or groups from a convenient, centralized location; Customization by adding and removing buttons, menu items, or docking toolbars.
Golden Software Didger Windows

Golden Software Didger Windows

Didger provides you with versatility, low cost and advanced features as a data conversion program for any GIS or mapping professional. You use Didger to convert maps, aerial photographs, graphs, well logs or other plotted information into a format that can be used with another software. It lets you create new maps or edit an existing map, image, drawing or data. Didger can digitize and calculate points, polygons [e.g. lake areas and watershed] and polylines [e.g. roads, streams, shorelines]. It can overlay data, vector and image files to make a complete map. It lets you handle large image files including import of MrSID files. Didger can support up to 256 data attributes for every object for your data control. You can format all objects on one layer. It provides versatile image calibration by manually entering coordinates or clicking on points in your project. Didger operates on Windows XP/Vista/2000/7. It requires 100MB free hard disk space, 512MB RAM, 1024x768x16bit color monitor resolution.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .tab files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .tab. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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