What is a .TXT File And How To Open It

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .txt 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 .txt file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .TXT file?

The .TXT file extension is Plain Text File. This text related file is in text format.

What to know

There are currently 14 software that can open the .txt file on 5 platforms.

How to open a .TXT file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .TXT file on various operating systems.

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

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .txt file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft WordPad, Helios TextPad and Notepad++ software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .TXT 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 right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Microsoft Notepad software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .TXT file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .txt file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Apple TextEdit, Bare Bones BBEdit and MacroMates TextMate software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .TXT 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: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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 .TXT file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .txt file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the gedit software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .TXT 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .TXT file on Android

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .txt file on Android in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .TXT file in the download folder

The first step is locating 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 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the Aquamarine Networks Jota Text Editor software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. You could also download the Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro, Kingsoft WPS Office for Android and Aquamarine Networks Jota Text Editor software. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .TXT file on iOS

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .txt file on iOS in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

First of all 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 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

To open the file, you will need to download the Apple Pages, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word and MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro software. Please search for it in the iOS App Store and install it. Congratulations! You can now open your file on iOS.

Still cannot open the .TXT file?

If you cannot open the .TXT file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .TXT file.txtrpt – CommScope, .txw – Yamaha TX16W Audio File, .txz – Tukaani, .ty – TiVo, .ty+ – TiVo. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .TXT file with the Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft WordPad, Helios TextPad, Notepad++ programs on Windows, Apple TextEdit, Bare Bones BBEdit, MacroMates TextMate programs on Mac, gedit software on Linux, Aquamarine Networks Jota Text Editor, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro, Kingsoft WPS Office for Android software on Android and Apple Pages, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro software on iOS.