File Extension TXT

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    Simple Text Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a TXT file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a TXT file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your TXT file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


TXT are so-called plain text files, so simple text. Normally these are sequential strings of representable characters. Control characters are used for structuring. Mostly an ASCII or Unicode encoding is used. Such documents can be opened and viewed by any word processing program or text editor. Even a browser is able to display such files.

However, it should be noted that very simple as well as slightly older text editors may not be able to handle all encodings and thus, for example, German umlauts encoded in UTF-8 can not display properly.

It is also important, for example, that texts are generated for web pages in the coding, which should later also use the website.

Programs which can open a TXT file

How to open a TXT file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the TXT file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a TXT file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support TXT files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a TXT file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all TXT files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with TXT there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the TXT file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the TXT file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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