DFW file format description

Many people share .dfw files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .dfw file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .dfw files.

2 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.dfw - Derive for Windows Data

The DFW data files are related to Derive for Windows. The DFW file is a Derive for Windows Data. Derive was a computer algebra system, developed by the Soft Warehouse, now owned by Texas Instruments.

Derive for Windows
Data files
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Derive for Windows Data related extensions:
General CADD Pro Image
Mac OS X Finder Internet Location Data
Bryce 3D Material Data
Hy-Tek Meet Manager Registration Data
Kega Fusion Game Patch
ExtendSim Simulation Model

.dfw - SmartWare Cross-Tab Definition File

The DFW data files are related to SmartWare. The DFW file is a SmartWare Cross-Tab Definition File. SmartWare is a programming platform. SmartWare also includes a word processor, spreadsheet, and communication modules.

Data files
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SmartWare Cross-Tab Definition File related extensions:
SmartWare Executable Program
SmartWare Word Processor Backup Data
SmartWare Backup Definition Data
SmartWare Backup Query Definition
SmartWare Backup Report Definition
SmartWare Sort Definition Backup

Naturally, other applications may also use the .dfw file extension. Even harmful programs can create .dfw files. Be especially cautious with .dfw files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .dfw file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

The .dfw file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

cfw, dbw, dcw, ddw, df, dfa, dfd, dfe, dfq, dfs, dgw, drw, dtw, dvw, dw

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

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Oracle Documaker Data Field Definition Data
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Operating systems

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Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8/10, Windows 11, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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