.TXT File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .TXT extension:

Plain Text File

Plain Text File
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A TXT file is a standard text document that contains plain text. It can be opened and edited in any text-editing or word-processing program. TXT files are most often created by Microsoft Notepad and Apple TextEdit, which are basic text editors that come bundled with Windows and macOS, respectively.

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.

You can open a TXT file in any text editor and most popular web browsers. Below, you'll find platform-specific instructions for opening TXT files.

How do I open a TXT file in Windows?

In Windows, you can open a TXT file in Microsoft Notepad or Microsoft WordPad, both of which come included with Windows. To open a TXT file in Notepad:

  1. From the Windows Start menu, select Windows Accessories → Notepad.
  2. After Notepad opens, select File → Open....
  3. Navigate to and open your TXT file.

How do I open a TXT file on a Mac?

In macOS, you can open a TXT file in Apple TextEdit, which comes included with the operating system. To open a TXT file in TextEdit:

  1. From the Finder or Launchpad, open TextEdit.
  2. In the file browser window that appears, navigate to and open your TXT file.

How do I open a TXT file in Chrome OS?

On Chromebooks, you can open a TXT file in Google Chrome Text, which comes included with Chrome OS. To open a TXT file in Google Chrome Text:

  1. Open the Chrome OS Launcher. Then, open Google Chrome Text.
  2. Select Google Chrome Text's Open button.
  3. Navigate to and open your TXT file.

How do I open a TXT file in my web browser?

The Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge web browsers all allow users to open TXT files. Keep in mind, however, that you will not be able to edit your TXT file in a web browser.

In Chrome and Firefox, you can simply drag and drop your file into a browser window to open it. In Microsoft Edge, you must copy and paste your file's location into Edge's address bar to open the file.

Updated: May 4, 2021

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