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How to Convert a BIN File to TXT

Updated July 20, 2017

Converting a binary file (.BIN) to a text file (.TXT) is easier than the average computer user may think. The process of converting the two files from one to another is as easy as a few clicks of the mouse. Because .BIN files and .TXT files can read one another, the process of switching the two will not take up much of your time. You've got several options to choose from, ranging from simply changing the file extension yourself to using a free online conversion website.

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  1. Open "My Computer" and then the "Control Panel." Open "Folder Options." Click the "View" tab in the "Folder Options." Scroll down until you see the line "Hide extensions for known file types." Deselect this option and click "Apply" followed by "OK." Right-click on the .BIN file you wish to convert and change the file extension from ".bin" to ".txt" and press "Enter" on your keyboard. A warning will probably pop up that asks if you are sure if you want to change the file extension. Press "Yes." Your .BIN file is now a .TXT file.

  2. Direct your browser to My PlayGround (see Resources) for another alternative. Copy the contents of your .BIN file and paste them in the "Binary to decode" box. (You can view the file itself by right-clicking on it and choosing to open it as a Text document; it is still written in binary while being viewed through the Text document.) Click the "To Text" button under the "Binary to decode" box to convert your .BIN file into a .TXT file.

  3. Go to the Snarkles website (see Resources) for yet another alternative. To convert your file to a .TXT file, click the radio button next to "Convert from binary to text." Then copy the contents of the .BIN file by opening it via Text document and pasting it into the box on the Web page. Click "Convert!" to convert the contents into a .TXT file.

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About the Author

D. Wright

D. Wright has been covering the video game industry since 2007. Since then, he has written video game guides, editorials, hosted several video game-focused podcasts, interviewed some of the brightest minds in the industry, consulted with indie developers to fine-tune their games and more.

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