What Is Text File and How to Create a Text File on Windows [MiniTool Wiki]
What Is Text File?
What is the text file? A text file is a non-executable digital file that contains letters, numbers, symbols, and/or combinations. It can create and store text without any special format. Text files are also called flat files or ASCII files.
Types of Text File
This part is about the types of the text file. Generally speaking, a text file refers to any file with only text, no images, and other non-text characters. These sometimes use the TXT file extension, but not necessarily. For example, a Word document that is an article containing only text can adopt the DOCX file format, but it is still called a text file.
Another type of text file is a plain text file. This is a file with zero formats (different from RTF files), which means that nothing is bold, italic, underlined, colored, special fonts used, etc. Of course, files with the TXT file extension are also text files and are usually used to store content that can be easily opened with any text editor or written with a simple script.
How to Create the Text File?
Why need to create text files? Because they are simpler and faster to create. Besides, they are smaller, so your zip file is smaller and takes up less space on our system. What’s more, They are more portable machines running any operating system that can read them.
Now, let’s see how to create the text file.
Way 1: Use Notepad
The easiest way to create a text file in Windows is to open the Notepad software program on your computer. Here is how to do that:
Step 1: Type Notepad in the Search box to open it.
Step 2: Type something in the Notepad. Then, click File > Save As... and choose the file type as Text Documents(*.txt).
Way 2: Use Microsoft Word
You can also use any other word processing software program (such as Microsoft Word or WordPad) to create text files. Follow the guide below:
Step 1: When you finish your word, you can click File and Save as.
Step 2: In the Save as type area, you need to click Plain text.
Way 3: Create in the Desktop
Another way to create a text file is to right-click a blank area on the desktop, select New in the pop-up menu, and then select Text Document. Creating a text file in this way will open the default text editor and display a blank text file on the desktop. You can change the file name to any name you want.
Way 4: Use Windows Command Line
In the Windows command line, you can also create a new text file in the current directory. For earlier versions of Windows, you can use the edit command line command to create any type of new file, including text files. Later versions of Windows have removed the ability to use editing commands for this purpose.
An example of using this is shown below.
In the example below, you are using the echo command to create a file named "myfile.txt" in the current directory. And “mylife” can be replaced by other words.
Another option for creating a text file from the command line is with the start command, as shown in the example below.
start notepad myfile.txt
Here is all information about the text file. You can know the definition and the types of the text file. Besides, you can know how to create the text file.