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.wbk File Extension

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

what is a .wbk file?

Files with the WBK extension are documents used by Microsoft Word to create backup copies of files in the DOC format. Word documents saved with the WBK extension are also known as word backup files, and Microsoft Corporation integrated an optional automated feature into Microsoft Word for this word processing program to create backup copies of currently open documents while the user is working on those documents. A user can enable the "Always create backup copy" feature to prevent data loss in case of instances where the computer suddenly shuts down due to system failure, crashes and power blackouts. Microsoft Word can use these WBK files to try and restore the documents in case this happens. The content of a file in the .wbk document can be viewed using Microsoft Word, and there is also a version of Microsoft Word available for Mac users, which is Microsoft Word 2011. Keep in mind that Microsoft Word may use an ASD file, which is stored in the Auto Save Document format, instead of a WBK file, and these ASD files have similar functions as files in the .wbk format, in terms of the recovery functionalities it can provide Microsoft Word users.

how to open a .wbk file?

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

applications that open a .wbk file

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a word processor program that is packed in the Microsoft Office Suite. It is developed by Microsoft Corporation, generating a .doc file extension when the file is saved. A document file format (.doc) is a text or binary file format for saving documents on a storage media, mainly for computer use, like typing text, charts, tables, page formatting, graphs, images and other documents whose content is created and edited. Contents of these documents are printable in any sizes and are capable to open in other devices provided that its operating system is able to read DOC files. This .doc file extension has become extensive de facto standard for office documents, but it is an owned format and is not always totally supported by other word processors. A variety of programs that is able to open this type of file, and different operating systems and have installed programs that can open a 1ST file are: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft Word, IBM Lotus WordPro, and Corel WordPerfect.
Microsoft Write

Microsoft Write

Microsoft Write (MS Write) software is a word processing application, created for earlier versions of Microsoft Windows, and has a new counterpart word processing program, the Microsoft WordPad, which is bundled with later versions of Microsoft Windows. It uses files with .wri extension as output files that are generated by the software. These files are word documents and MS Write can develop its visual presentation with the use of .wri documents where users are able to format and make layouts. Early versions of Microsoft Works application as a word processing software can be utilized to open and view the contents of .wri format. Other applications that are able to open and view .wri files are Corel WordPerfect Office X6 and some word and text editors for Microsoft Windows based system, such as Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Notepad, and Planamesa NeoOffice application or the so called Microsoft Word 2011 in the Mac version.
Microsoft Works

Microsoft Works

Microsoft Works is incorporated package software that was developed by Microsoft. It is less expensive, smaller, and has fewer features than Microsoft Office or other office suites. Its central functionality includes a word processor, a spreadsheet and a database management system. Newer versions have a calendar application and a dictionary while older versions included a terminal emulator. Files with WPS extension is utilized for output files of the Microsoft Works word processing application. These files are classified as text documents that can be created, saved, viewed and edited using the Microsoft Works program. Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Publisher 2010, Planamesa NeoOffice, and OxygenOffice Professional are some of the applications that are able to open and view the content of these WPS files. The contents of these WPS files can also be exported to other compatible word document formats. This promotes convenience and efficient document presentation, group collaboration and sharing between users of different systems and word processing applications; however, WPS document cannot be applied with macros and other formatting options available in Microsoft Word; so Microsoft discontinued support and development of the Microsoft Works application with its version 9 and the release of Microsoft Word 2010.

a word of warning

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