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The Complete Guide to Text Files

Text File LogoText files are are quite often used by programs and operating systems to hold configuration information and unformatted data. Because text files tend to be simple and easy to read (for both humans and programs) they are regularly used to transfer data between applications. CSV files (Comma Separated Values) are one example of a text file that is used to hold spreadsheet data in a format that is widely recognised.

This guide will show you how to create, view and edit text files, as well as tips on how text files can be used to transfer data.

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