.PUB File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .PUB file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2023.

PUB File Recovery

What is a .PUB file?

A PUB file is a document created by Microsoft Publisher, a desktop publishing program used to create professional documents and marketing materials. It contains text, raster and vector images, and drawn objects formatted in a document.

What Are Common Causes of ".PUB" Files Lost or Failure?

There are several common causes for ".PUB" file loss or failure, including:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".PUB" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer's storage.
  2. File corruption: ".PUB" files can become corrupted due to various reasons, such as improper system shutdown, power outages, or software errors.
  3. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and damage ".PUB" files, making them inaccessible or unusable.
  4. Hardware failure: If the storage device containing ".PUB" files, such as a hard drive or USB flash drive, fails or becomes damaged, the files may be lost.
  5. Software conflicts: Conflicts between different software applications or improper installation/uninstallation of software can lead to ".PUB" file loss or failure.
  6. Operating system issues: Errors or glitches in the operating system can cause ".PUB" files to be lost or become inaccessible.
  7. Human error: Accidental overwriting, formatting, or modification of ".PUB" files can occur due to human mistakes, leading to their loss or failure.
  8. Network issues: If ".PUB" files are stored on a network drive or shared folder, network connectivity problems can result in file loss or failure.

It is always recommended to regularly back up important ".PUB" files to prevent permanent loss and use reliable data recovery tools or services if files are accidentally lost or corrupted.

How to recover lost ".PUB" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".PUB" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".PUB" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".PUB" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".PUB" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".PUB" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".PUB" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo publisher Document image file file?

Programs that open ".PUB" files

Microsoft Publisher 2019 Microsoft Publisher 2019
Adobe InDesign with PUB2ID Plugin Adobe InDesign with PUB2ID Plugin
LibreOffice LibreOffice
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019
Adobe InDesign with PUB2ID Plugin Adobe InDesign with PUB2ID Plugin
LibreOffice LibreOffice
LibreOffice LibreOffice

Additional Information

  • File type: Publisher Document

  • File extension: .PUB

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Page Layout Files

  • Format: Binary

  • Mime-type: application/octet-stream

  • HEX: D0 CF 11 E0 A1 B1 1A E1 00

  • ASCII: РП.а...б

  • File types that use the extension .PUB:

    • Publisher Document

    • Public Key File


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

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Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • How can I create a .PUB backup file for my Microsoft Publisher documents?

    To create a .PUB backup file for your Microsoft Publisher documents, you can follow these steps:

    1. Open Microsoft Publisher on your computer.
    2. Open the Publisher document you want to create a backup for.
    3. Click on the "File" tab in the top-left corner of the Publisher window.
    4. From the drop-down menu, select "Save As."
    5. In the "Save As" dialog box, navigate to the desired location where you want to save the backup file.
    6. In the "File name" field, give a name to your backup file. Make sure to include the .PUB extension at the end of the file name.

    For example, "MyDocumentBackup.PUB".

    Click the "Save" button to create the backup file.

    Now you have successfully created a .PUB backup file for your Microsoft Publisher document.

  • What are the advantages of using a .PUB backup file for storing Microsoft Publisher documents?

    There are several advantages of using a .PUB backup file for storing Microsoft Publisher documents:

    1. Compatibility: .PUB backup files are specifically designed for Microsoft Publisher documents, ensuring compatibility and ease of use. They can be easily opened and accessed using Microsoft Publisher software.
    2. Full document preservation: .PUB backup files store the entire document, including text, images, formatting, and layout. This ensures that all elements of the original document are preserved without any loss of data or quality.
    3. Easy restoration: In case of accidental deletion, corruption, or loss of the original document, .PUB backup files can be easily restored to recover the document. This provides a reliable and convenient method for data recovery.
    4. Version control: .PUB backup files can be used to maintain different versions of a document, allowing users to easily revert to an earlier version if needed. This is particularly useful when making significant changes to a document and wanting to have a backup of previous iterations.
    5. Compact file size: .PUB backup files are usually compressed, resulting in smaller file sizes compared to the original document. This makes them easier to store, transfer, and share, especially when dealing with limited storage or slow internet connections.
    6. Security: .PUB backup files can be password-protected or encrypted, providing an additional layer of security for sensitive or confidential documents. This helps prevent unauthorized access and ensures the privacy of the stored information.

    Overall, using .PUB backup files offers convenience, reliability, and data protection for Microsoft Publisher documents.

  • How can I restore a .PUB backup file and recover my Microsoft Publisher documents?

    To restore a .PUB backup file and recover your Microsoft Publisher documents, you can follow these steps:

    1. Locate the .PUB backup file: Look for the backup file on your computer or external storage device. It should have a .PUB extension.
    2. Open Microsoft Publisher: Launch Microsoft Publisher on your computer.
    3. Click on "Open": In the Publisher interface, click on the "Open" option to browse for the file you want to restore.
    4. Select the backup file: Navigate to the location where you saved the .PUB backup file and select it.
    5. Click on "Open": Once you have selected the backup file, click on the "Open" button to begin the restoration process.
    6. Save the recovered document: After opening the backup file, save it with a new name or overwrite the existing file if necessary.
    7. Verify the recovered document: Open the recovered document to ensure that all the content and formatting have been restored correctly.

    Note: If you cannot find a .PUB backup file, you may need to check your computer's backup system or any other backup storage device you use. If you don't have a backup, it may be challenging to recover your documents unless you have previously saved them in another location or have a data recovery software/service.

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