The file extension QPW is associated with Quattro Pro, which is part of the Corel WordPerfect office suite of productivity applications. QPW files are spreadsheet files originally created in the DOS (Disk Operating System) format in the late 1980s. The upgraded version of this file format in the current day is considered one of the most stable spreadsheet applications.
As Windows was developed following MS DOS, Quattro Pro was developed for this environment through the creation of the QPW file extension. Despite this fact, there is limited support when it comes to opening a QPW file created with Corel Quattro Pro.
QPW files are a data file type that contains spreadsheet data, including cell structures, formulas, mathematical calculations, text, numeric data, font styles, charts, graphs, and other elements typically used with a spreadsheet application.
How to Open QPW Files
In order to open QPW files, you must download and install Corel WordPerfect Office X6 and then open the Quattro Pro application. Corel WordPerfect Office is compatible with the Windows operating system and is available as a 30-day free trial on the Corel website.
The only other option for opening QPW files is by converting them to another format. In order to do this, you must open the files in Quattro Pro and then export them to an XLS format by clicking on File and then Save As. Browse for the QPW file in Quattro Pro and then select it and choose Microsoft Excel to save it in the XLS format. Once you save the XLS extension, you can open it in the Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet application.
Saving a QPW file as an XLS extension will also allow you to open the file using OpenOffice. OpenOffice is an open source suite of productivity applications available as a free download on the OpenOffice.org website. OpenOffice is multiplatform and compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system.
If you can access a QPW file, you can also opt to convert it to another format. There are a number of file conversion programs available as a free download on websites such as CNET which will convert QPW files for you. You can also use an online resource such as Zamzar which will perform free file conversion for you. Simply log onto the website, browse for the QPW file, choose the new format such as XLS, enter your email address, and click on Convert. Within minutes you will receive the newly converted file in your email inbox.