Solved How to open a .TXT extension file.

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April 30, 2020 at 08:19:44
Specs: Windows 7, 4096 D MMb
How to open a .txt extension file. My problems seem endless. All of a sudden I cannot open any pdf files because they all have a .txt extension. Any suggestions here guys. Thanks again. Pardon if its the wrong category.

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May 3, 2020 at 05:31:20
Try the following, found here:

https://www.auslogics.com/en/articl...

If Method 1 doesn't work, check out the other options.

Method 1: Using the Open With Option

"The easiest way to change the association for a single file type is by using the Open with option, which we mentioned earlier. On the other hand, if you need to change the associations for multiple file types, you should skip to the next method. To begin, follow the steps below:

Right-click a file of the type that you wish to change the default app for.

Select Open with from the resulting menu.

You will see the app or list of apps that your operating system recommends for the file. Any of these apps can function as the default for the file type you’re dealing with. If you notice any app that you like, select it. Don’t forget to select the box which says, ‘Always use this app to open [file type] files.’

Note: If your preferred app is not on the list, you can search for it by clicking More Apps. Doing so will show you an expanded list of installed applications on your PC. On the other hand, you can add your preferred app by clicking the ‘Look for an app in the Store’ button.

Once you’ve chosen the app for the file type, you can click the gray OK button to set it as the default.

From there, any files of that type will be launched with the application you chose."

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#1
April 30, 2020 at 12:37:11
If they have a TXT extension, why do you think they're PDF files? What happens when you click on one of them? If they are true TXT files, they should open with notepad. If they are PDFs that were somehow changed, make a copy of one then change the extension from TXT to PDF & then try opening it. Do you have Adobe or some other PDF reader installed?

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#2
April 30, 2020 at 13:03:52
File extensions apparently getting changed used to be a
common problem. As far as I know, it still is. Fixes for it were
linked from here fairly often. I was waiting for someone to do
so in this case. I never had the problem and don't remember
where to go. I think the fix typically changed Registry keys.

My impression is that the file extension did not change, but
the default program for opening the file type did, so the wrong
icon gets displayed. In this case, the icon for text files instead
of the icon for pdf files. If you have display of file extensions in
Windows File Explorer turned off (the default), try turning it on
in the Windows File Explorer Options, in Control Panel. The
name of the option is "Hide extensions for known file types".
Uncheck the checkbox. That doesn't fix the problem, but it
allows you to see what the actual extension is, whether it is
correct or not.

To fix the problem, if nobody here provides a link, try searching
for "fix file extensions".

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
April 30, 2020 at 13:33:18
Thanks for responding. Will check it out and post back.

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#4
May 3, 2020 at 03:43:33
Hi sorry for responding a little late. I managed to read it via Notepad but I can only read it. I don't see an option to SAVE it.
Jeff yes I checked whether the box was ticked but it was unticked. riider the message had alittle box and inside was a pdf logo with the letters pdf written inside it.

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May 3, 2020 at 05:31:20
✔ Best Answer
Try the following, found here:

https://www.auslogics.com/en/articl...

If Method 1 doesn't work, check out the other options.

Method 1: Using the Open With Option

"The easiest way to change the association for a single file type is by using the Open with option, which we mentioned earlier. On the other hand, if you need to change the associations for multiple file types, you should skip to the next method. To begin, follow the steps below:

Right-click a file of the type that you wish to change the default app for.

Select Open with from the resulting menu.

You will see the app or list of apps that your operating system recommends for the file. Any of these apps can function as the default for the file type you’re dealing with. If you notice any app that you like, select it. Don’t forget to select the box which says, ‘Always use this app to open [file type] files.’

Note: If your preferred app is not on the list, you can search for it by clicking More Apps. Doing so will show you an expanded list of installed applications on your PC. On the other hand, you can add your preferred app by clicking the ‘Look for an app in the Store’ button.

Once you’ve chosen the app for the file type, you can click the gray OK button to set it as the default.

From there, any files of that type will be launched with the application you chose."

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#6
May 3, 2020 at 13:10:15
Thanks D. I have managed to open a .txt file now. Your response is highly appreciated.

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May 3, 2020 at 23:08:34
What was the final solution?

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#8
May 4, 2020 at 08:41:23
I used the technique as suggested in your link and I changed the program to open .TXT extentions from Acrobat to LibreOffice. I'm just now searching for a .TXT file but had not found one as yet.

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#9
May 4, 2020 at 09:16:40
I'm totally confused.

In response #6 you said:

"I have managed to open a .txt file now."

Then in #8 you said:

"I'm just now searching for a .TXT file but had not found one as yet."

How could you have opened a .txt file if you haven't been able to find one?

And what was the mention of PDF's in your OP about?

And why did you set Response #1 as the Best Answer, when it doesn't appear to be the solution to your issue?

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#10
May 4, 2020 at 11:43:55
In 4 I explained that I managed to open one using Notepad but had no way of renaming and\or saving it. In 8 I explained that I had opened the auslogics file and followed the process for Windows 7. In my last post I explained that I was looking for a .txt file to open and indeed I found one in a folder. Again, I could open it with LibreOffice but could not save it as the option is not available. So not much gained in the process. Why I chose the Best Browser I had chosen? Because the question was prematurely asked.

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#11
May 4, 2020 at 12:24:41
Dawie,

Four questions:

Are you now able to read PDF files without any problem?
Do they have the correct .pdf filename extension?

Are you now able to read text files without any problem?
Do they have the correct .txt filename extension?

If not, we can get you there.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#12
May 4, 2020 at 13:08:01
You don't have these options in Notepad? What do you have?

https://cdn.howto-connect.com/wp-co...

You don't have these options in LibreOffice? What do you have?

https://i1.wp.com/itsfoss.com/wp-co...

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#13
May 5, 2020 at 05:25:55
This is my response. To Jeff. I never had a problem reading PDF files. I had a problem with an icon with a pdf logo inside but with a .txt extention. I changed that to open with Notepad and now almost all my files with an .EML extention in about 150 folders open in Notepad. I changed all of that so to open with Windows Live Mail. They open but without any pics. a lot of squares with a n X inside. I'm now going to change the .EML extention again to open with Google Chrome and see what happens. Let me experiment more because that way you learn. I'll get back tomorrow.


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#14
May 5, 2020 at 10:27:29
If you are wondering why we are confused, it's because of conflicting statements like the two following statements. Maybe they are not conflicting in your mind, maybe it's just the way you word your posts, which makes them seem conflicting to us, or at least to me.

Keep in mind that we can only respond to the words we see in this forum. It's not like a normal face-to-face conversation where we can quickly go back and forth getting clarity after each sentence. If there can be any possible misunderstanding between what one person writes and how another person interprets it, it will happen in a forum like this.

I'm sure that you can see from the following 2 examples why there seems to be some confusion as what your actual symptoms are.


From your OP:

"All of a sudden I cannot open any pdf files because they all have a .txt extension."

From Response #13, while answering Jeff's question "Are you now able to read PDF files without any problem?"

"I never had a problem reading PDF files."

Can you see why some of us are confused?

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#15
May 6, 2020 at 10:22:52
My apologies if I confused you. It's like an accountant trying to do heart surgery. As I said I never had a problem opening PDF files but it was one case where the icon had the letters pdf inside with the .txt extension. I have actually deleted that email. I have since mastered the procedure to change the program associated with an extension. So where all my .EML extensions were opened with Notepad, I changed it to open with Windows Live Mail 2012 now. Only problem is that I plan to do away with WLM in the near future. As I explained, I'm still playing around with the whole concept of file associations and hopefully will get it right sometime. Thanks for you guys' patience.

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#16
May 6, 2020 at 14:38:49
It sounds like the problem was with the association for .EML files.
Is that right?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#17
May 7, 2020 at 00:39:18
Originally it was the .txt extension and then It led to .Eml. Now .Eml is associated with WLM which I'm planning to delete as I now use Thunderbird. Just a little sceptical on whether T will be able to open the damn .Eml files.

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