How to Convert a Text File to a DAT File

A text file is a simple file type that contains plain text in American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) format. By using ASCII format, the file can be read on any number of operating systems, including Linux, Unix, Macintosh and Windows. Text files can be opened in any number of plain text editors and word processors. Data files are often written in the same language and can also be edited by the same programs. Sometimes, saving a text file as a data file allows for more compatibility when editing between different system types.

...
Renaming a text file to a data file is as easy as typing.

Video of the Day

Step

Launch the program called Notepad by double-clicking on the Notepad icon or by finding it in your list of programs. You can usually find it under the "Accessories" heading.

Step

Click on "File," then choose "Open." Open the file that you want to convert to a data file.

Step

Make any changes you want to make to the file, then choose "Save As..."

Step

Find the "Save as Type" option in the menu box. From the dropdown menu choose "All files."

Step

Delete the default name in the "File Name" field, including the extension. Type in the name of the file you want to save and add .dat to the end of the file name. Click save.

Step

Close the file. To open it again, use Notepad to open the .dat file.

Show Comments