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.wab File Extension

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

what is a .wab file?

The .wab file extension is mainly associated with Microsoft Outlook Express. Files containing this extension are used as address book files; therefore they contain contact information such as names, numbers and email addresses. These files are a great help to users using Microsoft Outlook Express, since this program is used to send and receive emails. With these .wab files, users of Microsoft Outlook Express no longer need to memorize their address book contacts because they are already saved in the program with the .wab file extension. However, these files are not only used for user reference when using this popular email program. They are also used as backup files as users can copy these files into another folder or disk should the need arise. Users can open .wab files with the use of applications such as Microsoft Windows Contacts, Microsoft Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook 2010, Microsoft Internet Mail and News, Connected WabOut, etc.

how to open a .wab file?

Launch a .wab 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 .wab 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 .wab files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .wab file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .wab file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .wab file association errors

applications that open a .wab file

Microsoft Windows Contacts

Microsoft Windows Contacts

Windows Contacts is a contact manager which is packed in Windows Vista and Windows 7, which replaced and retained most of the functionality of Windows Address Book, with an integration of Windows Mail. Windows Contacts uses a new XML-based schema format where each contact appears as an individual contact file, and can saved custom information including pictures. The file in a .wab format and the open standards, *.vcf (vCard) and *.csv (CSV) are also supported. Some uses of Windows Contacts are: a) it is implemented as a special folder in Windows Vista and Windows 7, b) it can import vCard, CSV, WAB and LDIF formats, c) it can export in vCard 2.1 and CSV formats, d) it can print contacts in Memo, Business Card, and Phone List formats, e) individual contacts can be quickly accessed from the Start menu search text box, f) Windows Live People, the contact manager for Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Mail can saved its information in the Windows Contacts folder if the option to encrypt it is unchecked in Windows Live Messenger. At any time contacts in Messenger are updated, they'll be updated in Windows Contacts as well, and g) it exposes APIs for making new contacts, reading and writing in an existing contact, adding a "Label" in the form of a URI to a "Property" or a "Property" to a "Contact", API for matching devices with Windows Contacts.
Connected WabOut

Connected WabOut

WabOut is used in importing addresses from Internet Mail or Outlook Express and into Microsoft Outlook 97 automatically. It imports the whole file without comma delimited files and without losing information. It can import personal or business information that includes notes and distribution lists. WAB files from WabOut is used for restoring and backing up contact data in Outlook Express. Contact WAB files may also be copied and imported into Outlook. The software is designed only for Microsoft Outlook 97. Users who have Microsoft Outlook 98 and higher should use the Address Magic Personal, it functions very much like WabOut only with more added features. It can concert more than 30 address book file formats, 20 e-mail file formats and 4 calendar file formats. It has self-customization, it can customize itself into the computer and find data files and e-mail applications, it has support for more than 1500 address book fields of different types, has automatic field mapping of address books and can convert HTML e-mail, text e-mail, headers and attachments.
Microsoft Outlook Express

Microsoft Outlook Express

Outlook Express is an email and news client that is integrated with Internet Explorer versions 4.0 through 6.0. It is also bundled with a number of versions of Microsoft Windows, from Windows 98 to Windows Server 2003, and is available for Windows 3.x, Windows NT 3.51, Windows 95 and Mac OS 9. In Windows Vista, Outlook Express was outdated by Windows Mail, then again by Windows Live Mail as separate software in Windows 7. Microsoft Entourage, sold as part of Microsoft Office for Macintosh, has changed the Macintosh version. Outlook Express is a diverse application from Microsoft Office Outlook. The two programs do not share a common codebase, but do share a common architectural philosophy. The similar names lead many people to incorrectly conclusion that Outlook Express is a stripped-down version of Microsoft Office Outlook. Outlook Express utilizes the Windows Address Book to store contact information and incorporates tightly with it. On Windows XP, it also joins together with Windows Messenger.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .wab 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, .wab. 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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