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What is an AB2 File?


Question: What is an AB2 File?

Did you find an AB2 file on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone emailed you an AB2 file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the AB2 file but Windows told you that it could not open it.

Before you can open an AB2 file (assuming it's even a file format that's intended to be viewed or edited), you'll need to determine what kind of file the .AB2 file extension refers to.

Answer: A file with the AB2 file extension is a Parson's Address Book file.

Other types of files may also use the AB2 file extension. If you know of any additional file formats that use the .AB2 extension, please let me know so I can update this information.

How To Open an AB2 File:

The easiest way to open an AB2 file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the AB2 file then you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit AB2 files.

Warning: Take great care when opening executable file formats received via email or downloaded from websites you're not familiar with. See my List of Executable File Extensions for a listing of file extensions to avoid and why.

Obviously, Parsons Technology Address Book will open AB2 files but The Printshop Deluxe (v23 and later, possibly earlier as well) will also open AB2 files. If you know of any more, please send me a quick email and let me know the name of the program so I can update this page.

Tip: Use Notepad or another text editor to open the AB2 file. Many files are text-only files meaning no matter the file extension, a text editor may be able to properly display the file's contents. This may or may not be the case with AB2 files but it's worth a try.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the AB2 file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open AB2 files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an AB2 File:

There are two main ways to attempt to convert an AB2 file to another file type:

The first option involving opening the AB2 file in its native program is preferable because it's both easier and will probably result in a more accurate file conversion. Of course if you don't have a program that opens AB2 files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.

Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the AB2 file extension) to one that your computer recognizes and expect the newly renamed file to be usable. An actual file format conversion using one of the methods described above must take place in most cases.

Still Having Problems Opening or Using an AB2 File?

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the AB2 file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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