why cant I read my documents in notepad they are all in code

April 19, 2020 at 08:50:31
Specs: Windows 10
all of my documents are coded on windows 10 notepad. some aare in a zip folder that wont open. I am not computer savvy. please help

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#1
April 19, 2020 at 09:03:02
What format are these documents; how/where did they originate?

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#2
April 19, 2020 at 10:39:36
If you're trying to open the .zip files with wordpad, then you won't be able to read anything. You have to extract (unzip) them before doing much of anything with them. Wordpad is good only for files that are in a generic text (.txt) format. If your files are something else, then you'd need to use something else (like a word processor) to read them...

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#3
April 19, 2020 at 11:10:09
Windows 10 File Explorer will open .zip files for browsing.
I believe it uses whatever is your default program to open
any readable files that are inside the .zip file. For text files,
that is probably Notepad. I changed my default program
for reading text files, so that opens instead. Other file types
would open with other programs, such as Wordpad, Word,
Excel, or Edge. I believe that you cannot open any of those
contained files by first starting the viewer program and then
opening the file from that program. When I use my text
viewing program to open a .zip file, it shows the character
values in hexadecimal, which is useful to programmers.
My text viewing program was designed for use in writing
and editing programs. I also use it for plain text.

So if you use Windows 10 File Explorer to browse to a .zip
file, you should be able to browse into that file just as if it
were an ordinary folder. And you should be able to view
any human-readable files it contains by clicking (or double
clicking) on it. Windows will open it in the default viewer
for that file type. But to run an executable file that is inside
a .zip file, you first have to extract it from the .zip file, and
may also have to install it. Not all programs need to be
installed. Some can be run as soon as they have been
extracted.

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#4
April 19, 2020 at 14:38:23
You can right click on a Zipped folder and select UnZip to unzip the folder.
You can open a Zipped Folder, right click on one file and copy it and paste it onto your desktop or another folder and Windows will unzip it when it pastes it.
If you are dealing with unusual document file types you can use another Office Suite like Openoffice (free) to open the document and re-save as a number of easier file types to be able to open in other programs (old & new MS Office formats and many others).

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#5
April 21, 2020 at 05:28:44
> all of my documents are coded on windows 10 notepad.
> some aare in a zip folder that wont open. I am not computer savvy. please help

Define: "coded"


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