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.aw File Extension

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

what is a .aw file?

Answer Wizard files are data files saved in the .aw format using an application developed by Microsoft. The Microsoft Answer Wizard Builder software is used to create these AW files, and this application can also be installed and used to open these .aw files. This software can also be used to make edits to the content stored in an AW file. The data stored in these AW files are referenced by the Microsoft Windows Answer Wizard Builder each time a user enters a set of keywords in the search feature integrated into the help documentation applet of programs developed by Microsoft. The Microsoft Answer Builder software locates the associated AW file in these instances to reference the data about the corresponding help topic relevant to the search terms entered by the user. This software can be used to create additional help documentation content to existing help data of Microsoft applications. The data stored in files appended with the .aw extension may contain keywords, indexes and help topics associated to those keywords. The Microsoft Word 2010 word processing application and the Microsoft Excel 2010 spreadsheet software can be used to open and view the content of these AW files, among other Microsoft programs.

how to open a .aw file?

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

applications that open a .aw file

Answer Wizard

Answer Wizard

Answer Wizard is a software that answers inquiries from using Office Assistant on Microsoft Office of later versions of Windows operating system. It is considered as an intelligence engine which is helpful and reliable to users of Microsoft Office on XP, particularly the Office Assistant tool. It simply answers any questions or inquiries regarding how to use Microsoft Office. Sometimes, Answer Wizard is not accurate in providing answers to inquiries but a separate software called Answer Wizard Builder is available for download but only for Windows XP. This program allows a user to create his own content or answers of Answer Wizard to address specific questions or inquiries. However, this only becomes handy if there are particular things required for employees in a business or company or a group of users in an organization. So, all computers in a room of a company office, business office or an organization office need to have the Answer Wizard Builder, if there is a need to have customized answers and inquiries for all users.
Microsoft Windows Help

Microsoft Windows Help

Microsoft WinHelp is an owned format by Microsoft Corporation. It was designed for online help files that can be showed by the Microsoft Help browser winhelp.exe or winhlp32.exe. The file format is supported on Rich Text Format (RTF). It remained a well known Help platform from Windows 3.0 platform thru Windows XP. WinHelp was omitted in Windows Vista to discourage software developers from using the out of date format and encourage use of newer help formats. A WinHelp file has an .hlp extension. It can be accompanied by an optional table of contents (.cnt) file if the help developer created one. When Windows accesses a WinHelp file, it creates a .gid file in the same directory, having information about the .hlp file such as the window size and location. When the user clicks the "Find" tab and enables keyword indexing, Windows generates an index file with an .fts (full text search) extension.
MS Windows OS

MS Windows OS

Microsoft Windows is a succession of graphical interface operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft Corporation. The company introduced an operating environment named Windows as an add-on to MS-DOS in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces (GUIs), on November 20, 1985. The most recent client version of Windows is Windows 7; the most recent server version is Windows Server 2012; the most recent mobile version is Windows Phone 7.5. An operating system (OS) is a compilation of software that manages computer hardware resources and gives common services for computer programs. It is a very significant component of the system software in a computer system. Application programs need an operating system to function. It can be sorted out by technology, licensing, ownership, working state, usage, and by many other characteristics, and it can be found on almost any device that contains a computer, from cellular phones and video game consoles to supercomputers and Web servers.

a word of warning

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