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About .TXT File Format

Computer files can be divided into two broad categories: binary and text. The distinction is vague because in many contexts, any file is a sequence of digital bits. For instance, to the circuits which handle information read from or written to a disk, there is no distinction between text data and any other sort. The software concerned with those circuits likewise makes no such distinction. Humans, on the other hand, are concerned with this distinction.

Text files (plain text files) are files with generally a one-to-one correspondence between the bytes and ordinary readable characters such as letters and digits. Therefore any simple program to view a file makes them human-readable. Generally, they contain ASCII characters and some control characters such as tabs, line feeds and carriage returns without any embedded information such as font information, hyperlinks or inline images. But sometimes text files contain more than ASCII characters if they are encoded by East-Asian encoding such as SJIS or Unicode. If the files are written in Unicode, a UTF standard such as UTF-8 defines the encoding format. Although text files are generally human-readable, they can of course be used for data storage by computer programs. This may be done because text files avoid problems which may arise with binary files, such as problems of endianness or the byte-length of integers.

Binary files, in contrast, usually contain non-alphabetic characters, and may contain any byte value at all. They are generally used to store data rather than textual material in plain text form. Computer programs are typical examples, as the data and CPU instructions they contain can-in principle-be any binary value. As a result, compiled applications are often simply referred to as binaries, as opposed to source code, which is contained in plain text files. But binary files can also be image files, sound files, compressed files, etc.-in short, any file content whatsoever, including plain text. Usually the specification of a binary file’s file format indicates how to handle that file.

Word Counts, Character Counts, Line Counts, and Page Counts for TXT Files

AnyCount produces correct word counts, character counts, and line counts for single or multiple files in .TXT format.

Word count results window for .TXT file formats:

AnyCount - .TXT (plain-text format) word count

When counting of .TXT files is completed, you can:

  • view count results on the screen;
  • print count results;
  • export count results to .TXT format;
  • export count results to Comma-Separated Text/Tab-Separated Text (.CSV Format);
  • export count results to .HTML format;
  • export count results to MS Word format;
  • export count results to MS Excel format;
  • export count results to .RTF format;
  • copy results to clipboard.
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