how to open a txt file in windows, excel and MAC

Simple text file definition and 17 other types and linked programs information


How to open TXT Files

The File extension txt is used by the following type(s):

Default file extension for .txt type: Simple text files

The TXT file extension is traditionally used for simple text files. Many MS-DOS, Unix, Windows applications and text editors used this extension for common text file. Only character encoding charset may vary from simple ASCII to UTF etc. which  depends on author language or operating system native charset.

MIME: text/plain, application/text

that open txt files:

  • Ability Write(Windows)
  • AbiWord
  • Bookviser
  • FB2 Reader
  • Freda for Windows Phone
  • gedit (Linux)
  • IBM Lotus Symphony (multiplatform software)
  • KWord (Linux)
  • Microsoft Windows NotePad
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Word Viewer
  • Microsoft WordPad
  • NeoOffice (Apple OS X)
  • NotePad++ text editor(Microsoft Windows)
  • OfficeSuite (Nokia Symbian)
  • OfficeSuite Classic (other devices) (Windows Phone/Metro)
  • OfficeSuite Professional (Google Android)
  • OfficeSuite Viewer (Google Android)
  • Writer (multiplatform software)
  • PrimoOnline (Microsoft Windows)
  • Programmer’s Notepad
  • PSPad
  • Raccoon Reader
  • Simple Text Encoding Converter
  • TextEdit (Apple OS X)
  • Tiny eBook Reader
  • USB Flash Drive for iOS (iOS)
  • Vim (multiplatform software)


Ascii text parameter description files

Contains human readable information about items at bank, instrument or waveform levels. Human readable information, no sample data.



Atari Jaguar binary image of program text segment

TXT suffix is associated with Atari Jaguar game console. It contains binary image of program text segment.

Created by FILEFIX utility. The current version of FILEFIX produces files with a “.TX” extension. However, older versions created files with the “.TXT” extension. Because the .TXT extension is also used for ASCII text files, this was changed to avoid conflicts.


DisplayWrite document

Document created by IBM DisplayWrite.



EasyPlot saved data files

The TXT file extension is associated with the EasyPlot. Saved data created by EasyPlot.


  • EasyPlot (MS-DOS)


ENVI statistic report files

The TXT extension is associated with ENVI and used for statistic report files.

that open txt files:

  • ENVI


Microsoft Linker input files

LINK expects various text files as additional input. The command-file specifier (@) and the Base Address (/BASE), /DEF, and /ORDER options all specify text files. These files can have any extension, not just .txt.


  • Microsoft Visual Studio


MilkShape 3D ASCII files

It is used by MilkShape 3D ASCII files.

that open txt files:

  • Blender (Windows)


Ocean Data View data

Data file is used by Ocean Data.


  • Ocean Data View encoded text

It is used by Contains encoded text.

Programs that open txt files:

  • (multiplatform software)
  • Writer (multiplatform software)


RTTTL / Nokring mobile ring-tone format

The RTTTL is song format for Nokia mobile phones, contains song/ring tone. The RTTTL was first used by the NokRing software.


StarWriter for DOS document files

It is used by StarWriter for DOS. Old document format.


  • (multiplatform software)
  • Writer 
  • StarOffice 


Steinberg LM-4 bank files

8, 16-bits, mono, stereo sound format used by Steinberg. Contains loops, names, instruments.


  • Awave Studio (Microsoft Windows)


Subtitle files

It is used by many applications for subtitles file. TXT subtitles file is in simple text format and can be edited by any simple text editor, however some applications can use there own internal format for the subtitles. Some subtitles viewers or media players can have difficulties with viewing of those subtitles.

Known subtitles TXT formats:

  • Adobe Encore DVD (*.txt)
  • Captions 32 (*.txt)
  • Captions Inc. (*.txt)
  • CPC-600 (*.txt)
  • DVD Junior (*.txt)
  • DVD Subtitle System (*.txt)
  • FAB Subtitler (*.txt)
  • IAuthor Script (*.txt)
  • Inscriber CG (*.txt)
  • KoalaPlayer (*.txt) (equal to one of the variations of TMPlayer)
  • MAC DVD Studio Pro (*.txt)
  • Pinnacle Impression (*.txt)
  • PowerPixel (*.txt)
  • QuickTime Text (*.txt)
  • SubCreator 1.x (*.txt)
  • TMPlayer (*.txt) (five different variations)
  • Turbo Titler (*.txt)
  • Ulead DVD Workshop 2.0 (*.txt)


  • Adobe Encore (Windows)
  • Apple QuickTime (Microsoft Windows)
  • KMPlayer (Windows)


T602 document files

T602 was the most used text processor in Czech republic in 90’s. 602Software developed DOS and Windows version of T602. Several companies still use it for their main activities.


  • 602PC Suite (Microsoft Windows)
  • (multiplatform)
  • Writer (multiplatform)


WAsP site locations files

It is associated with the WAsP.


  • WAsP


Wireshark traffic log

Log files created and used by Wireshark.


  • Wireshark (multiplatform software)

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