The File Extensions Database

.PAD File Extension

  • Developer by: The Sage Group
  • Category: Misc Files

What is an .PAD file?

.PAD is ACT! Database Pointer File

Shortcut file used by the ACT! customer relationship management (CRM) software; contains a pointer to the actual ACT! database files, which are stored in .ADF and .ALF files; often used as a desktop shortcut for opening the database.

PAD files are pointers to an ACT! database, not the database itself. Therefore, they do not contain customer relationship data.

NOTE: Sage ACT! became Swiftpage Act! in 2013.

Programs that open ACT! Database Pointer File
Swiftpage Act!

How to solve problems with PAD files

  • Associate the PAD file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any PAD file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.PAD files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the PAD 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 .PAD is ACT! Database Pointer File. Because only the current version supports the latest PAD file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the The Sage Group manufacturer website after an available .PAD is ACT! Database Pointer File update.
  • To make sure that your PAD file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.