TXT File

What are TXT files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a TXT file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a TXT file?

TXT files have multiple uses, and Text files in various encodings is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Text files in various encodings

A text file is a type of file that contains plain text in human-readable form. Text files are used for a wide variety of purposes, including storing data, transferring data between computer systems, and displaying information to users.

Text files are simple and lightweight and can be opened and edited with a wide range of software applications, including text editors, word processors, and spreadsheet programs. They are often used for storing data in a structured format, such as a list of names and addresses, or for storing code in programming languages.

Text files are encoded using a character encoding standard, which specifies how the characters in the file are represented in binary form. There are many character encoding standards, including ASCII, UTF-8, and UTF-16, each of which uses a different set of binary codes to represent different characters.

For example, ASCII is an encoding standard that uses a set of 128 binary codes to represent the upper and lowercase letters of the English alphabet, as well as digits and other symbols. UTF-8 is a more modern encoding standard representing a broader range of characters, including characters from non-Latin scripts such as Chinese and Arabic. UTF-16 is another encoding standard that uses a more extensive set of binary codes to represent a wider range of characters, but it requires more storage space than UTF-8.

Different software applications and operating systems may use different default character encoding standards, so it is essential to specify the correct encoding when opening or saving a text file. This can help ensure that the text in the file is displayed correctly and that the file can be opened and edited by other software applications.

How to open TXT files

We have identified seven TXT openers that are compatible with this specific type of TXT file.

Programs that open Text files in various encodings files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
UltraEditUltraEditVerified
EmEditorEmEditorVerified
OpenOffice.org WriterOpenOffice.org WriterVerified
Microsoft Visual StudioMicrosoft Visual StudioVerified
EditPlusEditPlusVerified
PSPadPSPadVerified

Last updated: December 26, 2022

More file formats using the TXT extension

Through our research of TXT files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Adobe InDesign Printing Instructions Report
  • Adobe InDesign Tagged Text
  • Auto3DEM Output Summary
  • BitStore Metadata
  • BlackBox StdCoded Archive
  • Boost Text_oarchive Serialized Data
  • Buzzwords On-Line Manual Program Text/topic
  • Captions Inc. Subtitles
  • CPC 600 Subtitles
  • CS1er Debugger Exported Data
  • CUETools Settings
  • DDP Image Checksums
  • DemoManiac Text
  • Dillo Bookmark
  • DVD Junior Subtitles
  • Dynamic Publisher Text
  • E:D Shipyard Ship Loadout
  • EDGAR SGML
  • Edit Decision List / Xanadoc
  • FireFly Menu Definition
  • G64 Textual Representation Disk Image
  • Gaussian Cube Volumetric Data
  • GDSII Stream Format Layout
  • GrandMA1 Fixture
  • HotHelp Text
  • IFLIGHT Nazgul5 Board Settings Dump
  • IOS Crash Report
  • IT8.7/1 Target Descriptor
  • Macintosh Plain Text
  • MilkShape 3D Model
  • MSPLOT Plotter PCD Source File Format
  • Multipaint 2020 Preferences
  • Plan-80 Spreadsheet
  • PSFTools Human-Readable Textual Font Format
  • QuickTime Text Subtitles
  • RealCADD Script
  • Samourai Bitcoin Wallet Auto Backup
  • SEC EDGAR Document
  • ST Writer Document
  • StarWriter For MS-DOS Document
  • Structured Titles Subtitles
  • TDI Format Data
  • ThinkTank Template
  • Ulead Subtitles
  • Vegas EDL Format
  • Vortex Tracker II Workspace
  • Xara Resources Index

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of TXT files. Remember, different programs may use TXT files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

EditPad LiteEditPad LiteVerified
Notepad++Notepad++Verified
OpenOffice.org CalcOpenOffice.org CalcUser submitted
LibreOfficeLibreOfficeUser submitted
LibreOffice WriterLibreOffice WriterUser submitted
AegisubAegisubUser submitted
StarOffice WriterStarOffice WriterUser submitted
Crescent EveCrescent EveUser submitted
eType ApplicationeType ApplicationUser submitted
TableauTableauUser submitted

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