File Extension Library

.TAB File Extension

  • Developer by: Ergonis Software
  • Category: Data Files
  • Format: Text

What is an .TAB file?

.TAB file extension is created by Ergonis Software. .TAB has been classified as Data Files. The format of .TAB file is Text.

.TAB is Typinator Set File

A TAB file is a data file created by Typinator, a typing shortcut program. It contains one or more typing abbreviations and their associated words, which are referenced by Typinator.

Typinator is a program used to increase your typing efficiency. It allows you to type shortcuts instead of whole sentences, which is especially helpful when you have to repeatedly type the same sentence or phrase. Typinator also serves as an AutoCorrection tool for misspellings.

NOTE: Similar to the more common .TYSET file.

List of all softwares that can open the Typinator Set File
Ergonis Software Typinator
File Type 2:

MapInfo TAB File

Developer by: Pitney Bowes Software Category: GIS Files Format: Text

GIS file saved by MapInfo, a desktop mapping program now owned by Pitney Bowes Software; saved using ASCII text and can contain references to spatial data files used for visualization as well as spatial data itself.

TAB files are commonly used for storing geographical maps containing political boundaries, roads, water features, and other topological objects of interest.

List of all softwares that can open the MapInfo TAB File
Pitney Bowes MapInfo
ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop
Golden Software Surfer
Golden Software Didger
File Type 3:

Tab Separated Data File

Category: Text Files Format: Text

Text file that contains a table of data in which columns are separated by tabs; can be imported by most spreadsheet programs, which will format the data into cells.

More often seen with a .TSV extension.

List of all softwares that can open the Tab Separated Data File
Microsoft Excel 2016
Microsoft Excel 2016
File Type 4:

Guitar Tablature File

Category: Text Files Format: Text

Text file containing song lyrics and guitar tabs; typically a standard text file, but has the TAB extension to indicate it contains guitar tabs.

How to Open .TAB file on different platforms

Open .TAB File on Windows

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

Open .TAB File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .TAB 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 .TAB File on Linux

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

Open .TAB File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .TAB 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 .TAB 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 .TAB files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .TAB files

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