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A common type of icon used to represent text files in a file explorer.

A text file (sometimes spelled "textfile": an old alternative name is "flatfile") is a kind of computer file that is structured as a sequence of lines of electronic text. A text file exists within a computer file system. The end of a text file is often denoted by placing one or more special characters, known as an end-of-file marker, after the last line in a text file. However, on some popular operating systems such as Windows or Linux, text files do not contain any special EOF character.

"Text file" refers to a type of container, while plain text refers to a type of content. Text files can contain plain text, but they are not limited to such.

At a generic level of description, there are two kinds of computer files: text files and binary files.<ref name="Lewis000">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>


Text file sections
Intro   Data storage    Formats   Standardisation   Rendering    See also    Notes and references    External links   

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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}}

A common type of icon used to represent text files in a file explorer.

A text file (sometimes spelled "textfile": an old alternative name is "flatfile") is a kind of computer file that is structured as a sequence of lines of electronic text. A text file exists within a computer file system. The end of a text file is often denoted by placing one or more special characters, known as an end-of-file marker, after the last line in a text file. However, on some popular operating systems such as Windows or Linux, text files do not contain any special EOF character.

"Text file" refers to a type of container, while plain text refers to a type of content. Text files can contain plain text, but they are not limited to such.

At a generic level of description, there are two kinds of computer files: text files and binary files.<ref name="Lewis000">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>


Text file sections
Intro   Data storage    Formats   Standardisation   Rendering    See also    Notes and references    External links   

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Data storage
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