Text file

Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope
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A text file is a computer file that only contains text and has no special formatting such as bold text, italic text, images, etc. With Microsoft Windows computers text files are identified with the .txt file extension, as shown in the example picture.

An example of a text file and ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) art is shown in the Kirk text file. You can click this link to open the .txt file in your browser or right-click the file to save the text file to your computer.

How to open a text file?

A text file can be opened in any text editor or word processor. For example, in Microsoft Windows, you can use the Notepad program to open, view, and edit text files.

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