.TAB File Extension
File Type 1Typinator Set File
What is a TAB file?
A TAB file is a data file created by Typinator, a typing shortcut program for macOS. It contains a set of typing abbreviations and their associated words added by users. TAB files are referenced by Typinator to insert associated words when abbreviations are typed in documents, web browsers, and other programs on a computer.
Typinator is a program used to increase users' typing efficiency. It allows users to type shortcuts instead of whole sentences, which is especially helpful when repeatedly typing the same sentence or phrase. Typinator also serves as an AutoCorrection tool for misspellings.
NOTE: TAB files are similar to the more common .TYSET file.
File Type 2MapInfo TAB File
.TAB File Association 2
GIS file saved by MapInfo, a desktop mapping program now owned by Pitney Bowes Software; saved using ASCII text and can contain references to spatial data files used for visualization as well as spatial data itself.
TAB files are commonly used for storing geographical maps containing political boundaries, roads, water features, and other topological objects of interest.
File Type 3Tab Separated Data File
.TAB File Association 3
Text file that contains a table of data in which columns are separated by tabs; can be imported by most spreadsheet programs, which will format the data into cells.
More often seen with a .TSV extension.
File Type 4Guitar Tablature File
.TAB File Association 4
Text file containing song lyrics and guitar tabs; typically a standard text file, but has the TAB extension to indicate it contains guitar tabs.