.ASK File Extension

2 file types use the .ask file extension.

askSam Database

Developer askSam Systems
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What is an ASK file?

File created by askSam, a program used for organizing digital information; stores a searchable database of webpages, email messages, .PDF files, and text documents; used by researchers and business professionals.

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Ableton Live Skin

Developer Ableton
2.7  |  7 Votes

An ASK file may also be a skin used by Ableton Live, a digital audio workstation (DAW). It contains settings used to alter the program's appearance. For example, an ASK file can change the colors of Ableton Live's buttons, menus, and other user interface (UI) elements.

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Screenshot of a .ask file in Ableton Live
ASK file open in Ableton Live

Musicians and music producers use Ableton Live to create and edit music. The program includes many tools that allow users to record, import, arrange, and apply effects to musical tracks, before exporting those tracks as a song.

Users who want to customize Ableton Live's appearance can do so using ASK files. These files are alternately referred to as Ableton Live skins or Ableton Live themes. Ableton Live includes a handful of default ASK files, which allow users to choose between variations of light and dark modes. Other ASK files, which contain more varied themes, are available online from various Ableton Live-related websites.

How to open an ASK file

You can open an ASK file with Ableton Live (Windows, Mac). To do so, first place your file in the program's Themes directory. In Windows, this directory is located at:

~/​Ableton/​Live # Suite/​Resources/​Themes

In macOS, this directory is located in Ableton Live's app package. To access it, locate Ableton Live in your Applications folder, right-click it, and select Show Package Contents. Then, in the window that appears, navigate to App-Resources/​Themes.

After you place your ASK file in Ableton Live's Themes directory, you can apply the skin it contains from within the program. To do so:

  1. Open Live's Preferences menu.
  2. On the Look Feel tab, select your ASK file from the Theme dropdown menu.

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