How to Convert Text Files to Binary

By Tammy Clevenger

Binary files contain "0"s and "1"s to describe all characters and data. All files, including text files, are converted to binary format when stored on a hard drive or temporary storage drive. There may be an occasion when you need to convert a text file to binary format. There is one tool on the Web that will convert text from a text file to binary characters. OddRob's Binary Convert application is free and there are no downloads or registration required.

Step 1

Open the text file in Notepad. Open a browser and go to oddrob.com/binaryconvert.asp. Click inside the text file and press the Ctrl and A keys to select all text in the file. All text will highlight.

Step 2

Right-click on the highlighted text and click "Copy."

Step 3

Right-click inside the Binary Converter text box and click "Paste." The text from the text file is pasted into the Binary Converter input box. The binary output appears embedded in the page below the text box.

Step 4

Click in front of the first binary character and drag your cursor across all characters, including the last one.

Step 5

Right-click on the selected binary characters and click "Copy."

Step 6

Right-click on the desktop and click "New." Click "Text Document" to open a new text document in Notepad.

Step 7

Right-click inside the blank text document and click "Paste." All binary characters are pasted into the new text file.

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