Cannot read saved txt files in notepad

June 19, 2011 at 01:57:23
Specs: Windows 7
Suddenly I cannot read any of my saved txt files in notepad. I have hundreds or thousands of these files that I need desperately. The files open, but there are some strange characters instead of the regular text. I CAN open the same files in Word.

Is my notepad corrupted? Is this from a virus?

PLEASE HELP!


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#1
June 19, 2011 at 06:56:54
It sound like a "Rich Text" problem.

If you make a txt file in notepad and open it in Word....no problem
Make a txt file in word and open in notepad and you will get what looks like.
))000000000000000#.

Open Word type is anything and then go to save....Look at all the options....
So what are your text files being saved as(What format) in Word?


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#2
June 19, 2011 at 10:10:02
Go to command prompt and find one of the files.

Use the command type or more to show file

Example

type file.txt

It will show the contents of the file in it's actual type readable format. If clean then notepad is bad. Simple to copy new.

If bad then worldlibrary is correct. Your extension or file format is really a type of advanced text format.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#3
June 19, 2011 at 14:38:03
HI

Thanks for the replies.

I can open the files in Microsoft Word, and also in notepad in a different computer.

Should I just delete notepad.exe and copy and paste new file from the installation disk? What if I cannot find the installation disk?

I am also curious how this happened. Is it some type of virus? I can usually find info to fix problems and to see cause just by typing something in google, but this time I could find any site out there talking about this specific problem.

THANKS AGAIN!


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#4
June 19, 2011 at 14:40:14
To be clear. These are old, saved files. Hundreds of thousands of them saved over the years. I use them to save info as it is easy for me to access them quickly. I almost had a heart attack thinking I lost years of saved files.

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#5
June 19, 2011 at 15:14:49
I almost had a heart attack thinking I lost years of saved files.

In that case keep backups because one day your hard disk will fail and you will lose the lot.

Stuart


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#6
June 19, 2011 at 15:26:27
Try a new copy from anywhere.
It is on the cd compressed or get it from a friends computer.


1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#7
June 20, 2011 at 03:40:57
Thank you all very much. I will get a copy of the XP installation disk and try to replace notepad.exe. I did backup all those files. Thanks again,.

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