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How to get clean files readable by Notepad
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MacTheKnife
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Dec 17, 2007, 04:18 AM
 
I have a problem I need to solve. I have tried to use programs like Smultron to save a text (.txt) that does not show like a continuous stream of characters in Windows Notepad.

Does anyone know of a Mac utility that will produce files with the correct formatting? I want to share text files generated on the Mac with Windows machines and use Notepad to open these files.

While TextEdit produces correctly formatted .rtf files, those have to be opened in Word and cannot be read by Notepad. What native text format does Notepad require to avoid this situation?
     
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Dec 17, 2007, 04:47 AM
 
Sounds like you just need to set your editor to use windows newline characters.
     
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Dec 17, 2007, 11:43 AM
 
Originally Posted by Catfish_Man View Post
Sounds like you just need to set your editor to use windows newline characters.
Um, I've tried all the TextEdit output settings. None work, except .rtf. I just downloaded this utility, called EOL:

EOL Convert text file line endings to Windows(CRLF), Unix(LF) or Mac(CR) format

But even after converting a .txt file from Mac (CR) to Windows (CRLF), the problem remains the same, you can see that the CRs (little square boxes) still are in the file without having been converted properly to linebreaks.

     
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Dec 17, 2007, 11:53 AM
 
Originally Posted by MacTheKnife View Post
Um, I've tried all the TextEdit output settings. None work, except .rtf. I just downloaded this utility, called EOL:

EOL Convert text file line endings to Windows(CRLF), Unix(LF) or Mac(CR) format

But even after converting a .txt file from Mac (CR) to Windows (CRLF), the problem remains the same, you can see that the CRs (little square boxes) still are in the file without having been converted properly to linebreaks.

Be aware that MacOS uses Unix (LF) endings now. Try converting from those.
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Dec 17, 2007, 12:09 PM
 
Originally Posted by MacTheKnife View Post
While TextEdit produces correctly formatted .rtf files, those have to be opened in Word and cannot be read by Notepad. What native text format does Notepad require to avoid this situation?
Regular .txt files should work in ANY application that supports them. If Notepad isn't displaying them correctly, get a better application. MS is known for making standards unstandard. I hope at least they have stopped trying to push xml files over PDF ones. It's too late...
     
   
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