The File Extensions Database

.OGW File Extension

  • Developer by: OriginLab
  • Category: Spreadsheet Files

What is an .OGW file?

.OGW is Origin Workbook File

An OGW file is a workbook file created by Origin, a data analysis and graphing application used by various scientists and engineers. It contains one or more worksheets, which consist of data organized into columns and rows, and added notations. OGW files also store information about the workbook theme, column designation, and spreadsheet cell notation.

You can open OGW files with Origin and Origin Viewer. Origin is only available for Windows and is the primary program used to create, open, and edit OGW files. Origin Viewer is also commonly used since it is a free alternative to Origin and can be used in Windows and macOS.

To open an OGW file in Origin, select File → Open..., select the "Origin Window .ogw" file type, navigate to the OGW file location, and click Open.

You can save Origin Workbooks as templates without data in order to preserve a layout to be used with other workbooks. To do this, select File → Save Template As... and Origin will create an OTW file to store the template. You can also save the workbook as a template with analysis, by selecting File → Save Workbook As Analysis Template..., which will be stored in an OGW file.

NOTE: The release of Origin 2018 included an updated unicode format for saving workbooks (.OGWU), which features performance advantages over the older, non-unicode OGW file format.

Programs that open Origin Workbook File
OriginLab Origin
OriginLab Origin Viewer
OriginLab Origin Viewer

How to solve problems with OGW files

  • Associate the OGW file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any OGW file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.OGW files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the OGW file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .OGW is Origin Workbook File. Because only the current version supports the latest OGW file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the OriginLab manufacturer website after an available .OGW is Origin Workbook File update.
  • To make sure that your OGW file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.