Files with pwi extension can be most notably found as text documents created in one of the several older programs or mobile apps, such as Pocket Word for Windows Mobile.

There is one other file type using
the PWI file extension!

empty icon.pwi - PowerInspect saved format

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Software that open pwi file

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PWI file extension - Microsoft Office Mobile personal note

What is pwi file? How to open pwi files?

File type specification:

Document file type icon Document file type

pwi file icon: pwi filetype icon

File extension pwi is associated with InkWriter, Note Taker and Pocket Word applications, developed by Microsoft Corporation. These applications are part of Windows Mobile mobile operating system and Microsoft Office Mobile.

The Pocket Word is a compact, lighter version of Microsoft Word designed for handhelds and pocket computers.

The pwi files are used for personal notes.

Notes stored in Windows Phone can be synchronized with Microsoft Outlook that is also able to export notes to the Rich Text file format (rtf file extension).

MIME types:

This pwi file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

Updated: April 15, 2024

The default software associated to open pwi file:

Windows Mobile icon

Microsoft Corporation logoWindows Mobile  Windows Mobile/CE software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows Mobile is operating system based on Microsoft Windows CE kernel and is intended for smart phones, Pocket PCs, GPS navigation devices etc.

Windows Mobile was introduced in 2000 and in 2010 was replaced by Windows Phone 7 operating system. The basic applications installed in WM are Internet Explorer Mobile, Microsoft Office Mobile, Windows Media Player for WM etc.

Windows Mobile is able to sharing Internet to other computers or mobile devices and supports multitasking. Other applications are available in Windows Marketplace for Mobile or downloadable on the Internet. They are three editions of Windows Mobile: Professional, Standard, Classic.

It was replaced by Windows Phone platform.

Help how to open:

PWI format was mainly used in Notes app in older Windows Mobile.based smart phones (HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and etc.).

The Note program creates a *.pwi file which, when transferred over to the PC, opens in Word by default, if you double click on it. You can try renaming the file with a .PWI extension and see if that works. If it does not, try opening Word and then use the File | Open menu item and navigate to the file in question, and then try to open it that way.

How to convert:

You can open the *.pwi files in Microsoft Word and save them in another format.

Find conversions from pwi file:

pwi to doc

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 7B 5C 70 77 69
ASCII code: {\pwi

List of software applications associated to the .pwi file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open pwi file, edit pwi file, convert pwi file, view pwi file, play pwi file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting pwi files.

Software that open pwi file - Microsoft Office Mobile personal note

Programs supporting the exension pwi on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open pwi file action.

Windows Mobile/CE:

Main software associated with pwi file by default:
Windows Mobile small icon Windows Mobile
Other suggested software:
Word Mobile small icon Word Mobile

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