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Plain text, of text for short, is a type of document with little or no formatting, and certainly no fonts, images, or other graphics: it consists entirely of text and basically nothing else. This allows these files to be used on just about any computer.

Opening Plain Text Documents

Every modern computer comes with one or more text editors that can open and display plain text files. All word processors should also be able to open plain text files.


Though plain text files are in principle usable on just about any computer, there are minor differences in the way they are treated on different systems. The main ones to note are described below.

Printing Plain Text Documents

In order to print out a Plain Text document, first open it in your text editor or word processor, and then click on the File menu. Next, choose the Print option from that menu.