Opening a Binary File

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jayfram, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. jayfram macrumors newbie

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    Someone sent me a text document in binary format (the name of the document is "Viewdoc" -- no extension) which opens fine when I'm at work, on a Windows machine, but at home on my Mac it gets opened in Quicktime, but all it will show me is the very first page; I can't get it to scroll down past that. I tried opening it in Word but it just looks like gibberish. Any ideas on how to open this document in a way I can see the whole thing on my Mac? Thanks...
     
  2. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a

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    You can try to do a control+click, chose open with, and use text edit. If that wont work try preview. You can also try adding .doc as the extension and retry with word.
     
  3. jayfram thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks - I tried everything but nothing works. I'll have to deal with it when I'm back on my Windows computer at work tomorrow I guess..
     
  4. kolax macrumors G3

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  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    If it is opening in quicktime, opening the document and looking at the header to see what they say can tell you something about a file.

    Something like opening a movie that you are having trouble with to see what the extension should be and if you have the codecs.
     

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