I cannot open notepad files emailed to me

November 24, 2011 at 12:03:26
Specs: Windows XP
when I open email attachments in notepad form all I can see is a load of squiggle......please help

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#1
November 24, 2011 at 21:54:46
Emails are not designed to be opened with Notepad. Use the facility in your email programme.

You can however highlight the contents of the email (once opened in your email programme), copy and then paste into Notepad


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#2
November 25, 2011 at 00:42:24
"when I open email attachments......."

Do these attachments have a .txt file extension?

As Ewen pointed out, emails can't be read with notepad, but attachments can provided they have an appropriate file extension, e.g. txt, log, etc. Some email programs won't allow you to open files with certain file extensions, due to the possibility of those files being infected. To get around this, some people will change the file extension before attaching it to an email. Of course, unless you know what the original extension was, you won't know what program to open it with.

Check the file extension and if it's something other than txt, let us know so we can advise you what program to use.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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#3
November 26, 2011 at 13:03:50
In relation to the previous response, go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View and uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types". I never understand how anyone can live without it LOL. That will ensure "txt" (or whatever) is visible.

As an aside, this will also show if a viral attachment is concealed with a double extension - the real one being hidden.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
November 26, 2011 at 15:11:57
You could ofc ask the person who sent it what type of file it really is. Ie what software was used to make it.

Nigel

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#5
November 27, 2011 at 08:51:57
Many thanks for all your replies

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#6
November 28, 2011 at 01:15:32
whitehorse, as Derek pointed out, you must know the file extension in order to know what to use. Either post it here for advise or see what opens what @:
http://filext.com/
HTH
Ed in Texas

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#7
November 28, 2011 at 13:13:41
thank you very much for all your replies, I will try these out and come back to let you know how I get on.

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#8
November 28, 2011 at 14:55:11
Dear Derek I went to control panel and unchecked that box but still cannot download these files, they are in txt form.

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#9
November 28, 2011 at 14:56:41
Dear Ed these files are in txt form

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#10
November 28, 2011 at 14:58:40
Dear Sci files are txt format

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#11
November 28, 2011 at 15:01:07
Dear Ewen I am not opening the emails with notepad but trying to open email attachments in txt format

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#12
November 28, 2011 at 15:03:53
Dear Nigel I will ask him what type of file this is and what kind of software he is using to make this file. Thanks.

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#13
November 28, 2011 at 16:37:06
Make a small NotePad file and send it to yourself over email. If you can open it and read it in email then there is nothing wrong with txt file handling at your end.

If that too is showing garbage in email then save your NotePad attachment into a folder such as Documents or the desktop. See if opens and is readable when double clicked. That will tell us whether it is an email problem or a global system issue.

I'm getting the feeling that there is something wrong with the files you are being sent.

By the way, save yourself the effort and don't bother to give us each a personal answer - all the forum needs is the information. Thx.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#14
November 28, 2011 at 16:50:33
Thanks Derek for your help, I will try this and get straight back to you.

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#15
November 28, 2011 at 16:53:38
Better recheck my #13, I was editing it when your #14 came in.

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#16
November 28, 2011 at 16:58:49
yes Derek I sent myself a notepad attachment by email and it opened successfully.

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#17
November 28, 2011 at 17:28:15
OK then you need to find out more about the file being sent. It all seems fine your end. Presumably the sender can open it in "something".

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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