Create and View a Text File Word processing programs and apps allow you to enter small or large amounts of text into documents; however, these apps apply additional formatting to the document that may not be necessary. For example, if you are writing a program or creating a webpage with HTML, you would not be able to enter the code in a word processing program or app because it would apply additional formatting (such as the font and size used, information about margins, colors, and line spacing) to the file that would interfere with the code you write. A text file stores only the text you write without any additional formatting. For this reason, you are not able to format the text that you enter in a text file. The following steps guide you through the process of creating and viewing a text file.
1. Have you ever created a file in a text editor? Why? If not, what types of files might you need to create in a text editor?
2. How do file sizes of text files compare with similar files created in a word processing program or app? Why do you think this is the case?
3. Evaluate one third-party text editor that is compatible with your operating system. How does it compare to the one that is included with your operating system? What is the same? What is different?