.ZABW File Extension
Compressed AbiWord Document
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What is a ZABW file?
A ZABW file is an .ABW document compressed with gzip compression by AbiSource AbiWord, an open-source word processor. ZABW files are helpful for saving AbiWord documents, which are stored using uncompressed XML text, in a smaller file size.
AbiWord is a word processor developed by members of the AbiSource community. The program features standard word-processing features, such as spell check and support for tables and various document formats, including .DOCX, .DOC, .WPD, and .ODT. Additionally, AbiSource only actively develops the Linux version (since version 3) of AbiWord, while older versions of the application are also available for Windows and macOS.
In some cases, ABW documents may grow large, taking up storage space on a machine or making it difficult to transfer. To reduce the size of an ABW document, AbiWord allows you to compress it with gzip compression (select File → Save As).
NOTE: Various versions of AbiWord may also compress ABW files with Bzip2 compression, resulting in a .BZABW file.
How to open a ZABW file
You can open ZABW files with AbiSource AbiWord (multiplatform). To open a ZABW file, select File → Open.
How to convert a ZABW file
AbiWord can convert ZABW files to various file types, including the following formats: