File Extension Library

.PAB File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Data Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .PAB file?

.PAB file extension is created by Microsoft. .PAB has been classified as Data Files. The format of .PAB file is Binary.

.PAB is Personal Address Book

Address book file used by Microsoft e-mail programs; contains information for personal and organizational contacts; stored separately from other Outlook data.

The following instructions may be used to identify the PAB file used by your email profile:

  • Open Microsoft Outlook.
  • From the Tools menu, select "E-mail Accounts."
  • Under the Directory tab, click "View or change existing directories or address books," and then click Next.
  • Under "You can choose a directory or address book below to change or remove it," first click Personal Address Book, then click Change.
  • Note the path of your PAB file that is in the Path box. This is where your personal address book file is located.
  • Click OK, then click Finish to close all open dialog boxes.
  • In contrast to Outlook Address Books (.OAB files), Outlook stores PAB address book files separately from your email messages. PAB files may be added to your email profile, and users can manually add additional address book information to them.

    List of all softwares that can open the Personal Address Book
    Microsoft Outlook 2016
    Microsoft Outlook Express
    Microsoft Exchange Server
    Microsoft Outlook 2016

    How to Open .PAB file on different platforms

    Open .PAB File on Windows

    • Right-click a .PAB
    • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
    • Select the program that opens .PAB file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .PAB files" Press "Ok"

    Open .PAB File on Mac

    • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .PAB file
    • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
    • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
    • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

    Open .PAB File on Linux

    Right click on the .PAB file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

    Open .PAB File on iPhone

    Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .PAB file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
    Method 2
    Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

    Open .PAB File on Android

    Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
    If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .PAB files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

    How to fix problems with .PAB files

    1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .PAB files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .PAB file format
    2. You need to check the .PAB file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)