.txt files

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by falconb, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. falconb macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2012
    hello guys
    how can i open .txt files on my mac properly because whn i opened one by"TextEdit" it was all like..."symbols" unreadable symbols like if it was decoded wrongly

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If a .txt file isn't readable by TextEdit, the file may be corrupt or damaged. TextEdit is the appropriate app for opening .txt files.
  3. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2006
    washington dc
    It might also be encoded in a different format. Try changing the file encoding by saving the .txt in TextEdit. It should give you options for different encodings. Try UTF-8 or Unicode. Alternately, try opening it using a different text app like TextMate.
  4. blipmusic macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Could be that TextEdit doesn't open the file with the correct character encoding. Try a plain text editor, such as TextWrangler (free) and see if it can guess the proper encoding (i.e. just open the file in TextWrangler).

    If you happen to know the proper encoding there's a "reopen using encoding" command in there somewhere (check p.46 in the manual).
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    In Textedits Preferences, you can set the encoding when you open files. Try UTF-8, UTF-16 and automatic.

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