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.TXT File Extension

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This file is saved in a plain text format.
Therefore, you can view the contents of the file in a text editor.
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File Format Description

Standard text document that contains unformatted text; recognized by any text editing or word processing program; can also be processed by most other software programs.

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.

Various hardware devices, such as smartphones and the Amazon Kindle 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.

Program(s) that open .TXT files
Updated 2/6/2014