4 Easy Ways to Open ACW Files

We’ve all been there. You double-click on a file and it doesn’t open the way it should. It’s a common problem. Many file extensions can be opened by multiple programs, and many programs can open multiple file extensions. If you’re having trouble opening ACW files, here are some ways you might be able to make it work.

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Use Another Program

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If you can’t view the ACW file by double-clicking it, try opening it in a different program. Some of the most popular programs for opening ACW files are American Civil War Game Save File, AutoCaption Worksheet File, and Accessibility Wizard Settings. Check out the developers’ websites, download one or more of these programs, then try to open your ACW file again.

Get a Clue From the File Type

One file extension can be used for multiple types of files. Knowing the type of file you have can help you find out how to open it. Most ACW files are categorized as Settings Files, which can be opened by numerous software packages. See if you have a program already installed on your computer that’s designed to open Settings Files. Hopefully, this program might also work with your ACW file.


You can find out which type of file your ACW file is by looking at the file’s properties. Just right-click the file icon and select “Properties” or “More Info.” On a Windows computer, the file type will be listed under “Type of File”; on a Mac, it will be under “Kind.”

Contact a Developer

Nobody knows more about file extensions than software developers. If you can’t open your ACW file using any of the usual programs, you can contact the program’s software developer and ask them for help. Find your program’s developer in the list below:

Software Developer
American Civil War Game Save File Interactive Magic
AutoCaption Worksheet File Image Logic Corporation
Accessibility Wizard Settings Microsoft Corporation

Get a Universal File Viewer

When no other program will open your ACW file, universal file viewers like File Magic (Download) are here to save the day. These programs can open many different types of files, so if none of the above tips work, a universal file viewer is the way to go. Note that some files are not compatible with universal file viewers and can only be opened in binary format.

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