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WAVE file format description

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

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.wav - Windows Waveform Sound

The WAV audio files are related to Windows Media Player. WAV is a file format developed by Microsoft and IBM for use on the PC. The format was built into the Windows 95 operating system and quickly became a standard.

Windows Media Player
Audio files
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Windows Waveform Sound related extensions:
Microsoft xWMA Compressed Audio
Microsoft Agent Linguistically Enhanced Sound File
Matroska Audio
Magix Movie Edit Pro Audio Data
Yellow Tools Independence Image
Yellow Tools Independence Instrument Library

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

Can't open a .wave 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 .wave file extension is often given incorrectly!

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

ave, wav, save, wve, wae

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

Avid Media Composer User Profile
Wondershare Filmora Project
Nano Temporary Save
Broadcast Wave Format Audio
Web Alive Editor Compressed Project
Windows Waveform Sound

Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

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

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