Files with wab file extension may be found as contact archives in Microsoft Windows Address Book format that was used in Outlook Express, a now discontinued email client.

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WAB file extension - Microsoft Windows Address Book

What is wab file? How to open wab files?

File type specification:

Settings, options, themes or skins file type icon Settings, options, themes or skins file type

wab file icon: wab filetype icon

File extension wab is associated with Microsoft Windows Address Book. Windows Address Book is a component of Microsoft Windows that lets users keep a single list of contacts that can be shared by multiple programs.

It is most commonly used by Outlook Express. It was introduced with Internet Explorer 3 in 1996 and improved in subsequent versions.

The Windows Address Book API can query LDAP servers or read/write data to a local .wab file. In Windows Vista, Windows Address Book was replaced with Windows Contacts.

The wab files are very similar to Microsoft Personal Address Book pab files.

Updated: April 15, 2024

The default software associated to open wab file:

Microsoft Windows icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

A family of operating systems developed by the Microsoft Corp. The first Windows was released in 1985 as a GUI add-on to MS-DOS. MS-DOS based Windows versions were developed to 2000, when was released the last version called Windows ME. Windows based on NT core started in 1993. Windows NT family are developed to these days, the latest version is called Microsoft Windows 11.

Microsoft Outlook icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Outlook  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Outlook is a professional e-mail management tool and personal information manager distributed with the Microsoft Office suite. Outlook integrates the e-mail application, calendar, task manager, contact manager, and note-taking into one application.

Windows Mail icon

Microsoft Corporation logoWindows Mail  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Windows Mail is default e-mail client installed in the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.

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Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Outlook Express  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Outlook Express is an e-mail client distributed with Internet Explorer from version 4.0 to version 6.0. It is also pre-installed in several versions of Microsoft Windows, from Windows 98 to Windows XP.

Outlook Express is user-friendly and easy to use application, which supports standard POP, IMAP accounts, composing rich HTML e-mails, e-mail encryption, privacy protection, malware protection, e-mail sorting etc.

In Windows Vista is Outlook Express replaced with Windows Mail.

Help how to open:

Usually *.wab files are imported to email clients and other personal data managers.

How to convert:

Some programs may offer an export function for contacts so they can be saved in a separate exchange format like ICS or VCF.

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List of software applications associated to the .wab file extension

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Software that open wab file - Microsoft Windows Address Book

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

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Main software associated with wab file by default:
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Microsoft Outlook small icon Microsoft Outlook
Windows Mail small icon Windows Mail
Microsoft Outlook Express small icon Microsoft Outlook Express

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