What is a .PLAIN File And How To Open It (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .plain extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .plain file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .PLAIN file?

The file extension .PLAIN is Plain Text File. The file has the text format, and it is a text related file.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .plain file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .PLAIN file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .PLAIN file on various operating systems.

How to open a .PLAIN file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

There are 4 simple steps to open the .plain file on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft WordPad, Helios TextPad and Notepad++ software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PLAIN file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Microsoft Notepad software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .PLAIN file on Mac

The .plain file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Apple TextEdit, Bare Bones BBEdit and MacroMates TextMate software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .PLAIN file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Apple TextEdit software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .PLAIN file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .plain file on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the gedit software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .PLAIN file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the gedit software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .PLAIN file?

If you are still unable to open the .PLAIN file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .PLAIN file.plan – Calligra, .planner – The GNOME Project, .plantuml – PlantUML File, .plasmoid – KDE, .player – Re-Logic. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .PLAIN file with the Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft WordPad, Helios TextPad, Notepad++ programs on Windows, Apple TextEdit, Bare Bones BBEdit, MacroMates TextMate programs on Mac and gedit software on Linux.