How to Read ASCII Files in MS Word


The acronym ASCII, which stands for the American Standard Code for Information Interchange, encodes a set of characters. The basic ASCII set includes letters of the English alphabet of as well as other symbols, such as an exclamation mark or comma. In fact, the ASCII files are actually text files. Such files may have a variety of extensions, such as “.bat,” “.sys” or “.log,” but the most common one is “.txt.” Microsoft Word, a popular word processing software, fully supports the ASCII file format.

  • Double-click the "Microsoft Word" icon on the Desktop or in the Quick Launch area to open the program

  • Press "Ctrl" + "O" to get to the "Open" window.

  • Choose "All Files (.)" using the listbox in the bottom-right corner of the "Open" window.

  • Browse your computer in the "Open" window to get to the folder that contains the ASCII file.

  • Double-click on the filename to open the ASCII file for reading and editing in Microsoft Word.

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