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.TXT File Extension

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File TypePlain Text File

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This file is saved in a plain text format. You can open and view the contents of this file using a text editor.

What is a TXT file?

A TXT file is a standard text document that contains unformatted text. It is recognized by any text editing or word processing program and can also be processed by most other software programs.

More Information

Generic text files with filenames that ending in ".txt" are created by Notepad for Windows and by TextEdit for Mac OS X when document formatting is removed.

NOTE: Various hardware devices, such as smartphones and the Amazon Kindle, and web browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, also recognize plain text files.

Common TXT Filenames

New Text Document.txt - The default filename Microsoft Windows gives to new text documents created via the context menu (right-click on the desktop and choose New → Text Document).

README.txt - A text file commonly included with software installers that provides information about the software. Users should often read this file before using the software.

Programs that open TXT files
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Notepad
Microsoft WordPad
Microsoft Word 2016
Corel WordPerfect X8
Helios TextPad
Other text editor
Apple TextEdit
Bare Bones BBEdit
MacroMates TextMate
Microsoft Word 2016
Wondershare PDF Editor for Mac 5
Other text editor
Other text editor
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
olimsoft OPlayer
Infraware Polaris Office
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
Kingsoft WPS Office for Android
Updated 7/21/2016

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