Office programs are one of the most used software around the world, as they provide functional tools for this area. Part of the service that these programs offer you is the ability to convert an Excel XLS file to a TXT file in a simple way.
If you are new to using this type of program, and you don’t know how to convert Excel files to TXT, you don’t have to worry, because in this article we will tell you how you can do it.
For this, you just have to follow the steps that we are going to show you below, so you can quickly convert them, also learning about what these TXT files are.
What are TXT files?
Before starting with the explanation of how to convert Excel files to TXT, we are going to explain a little about what a TXT file is. This way you will learn more about this file and better understand the explanation that we are going to provide in this guide. On the other hand, you can also convert an Excel file to PDF without losing the format.
TXT Files are files that contain simple text, with ordinary characters represented by letters, punctuation marks and numbers, also include white spaces. It also contains a few characters like newlines, tabs, and carriage returns. We take into account that these can be encoded in different ways.
We must also emphasize that these types of texts cannot generate formats such as bold, underlined, size, italics as well as fonts. This great simplicity allows us to create, edit and read these types of simple texts.
In software, this type of plain text is used as a very efficient form of data storage. A great advantage and convenience over this type of text in some programs is that the user can access the data and make a modification of the variables of the program.
Additionally, we can say that sometimes some type of data corruption can occur, in these cases, it is much easier for someone to fix this type of problem in a text file than in a binary one.
This type of text file has a drawback and that is that there is no totally sure way to know what type of encoding was used to save it previously.
How to convert Excel XLS files to TXT?
The steps that we are going to show you next are not difficult to follow, you just have to read very carefully and you will see that you can convert it quickly and easily. Remember to have the Excel program updated so that you do not have any problem with the procedure that we are going to show you if you are using Microsoft Excel. In case you have a Mac or iPad you can also download and install Microsoft Office 365 on a Mac and iPad.
Here we are going to show you how to do this process in the Excel spreadsheet and also in Microsoft Excel, but the process is similar in the other programs. Let’s start with the steps in the Google spreadsheet first so follow the steps very carefully.
The first thing you should do is open the file you want to convert from your saved files and press the file button and look for the “save as” option. Then select “Tab Separated Values (tsv. Spreadsheet)” to have the spreadsheet downloaded to your computer.
After downloading, look for it in the downloads and make sure the file has been saved as a TXT Text File. And that’s it, now if you use the Microsoft spreadsheet, the process that you must carry out is very easy to do, you just have to apply the process that we are going to show you.
The first thing you should do is open the file you are going to convert, after opening it open the File option and select the save as option. Next, in the drop-down box with the saving options, you should look for the one to save the file in TXT.
Once you have chosen the type of format you want, which in that case is TXT. All you have to do is click the save button for the file to convert successfully. And voila, we hope you have not had a problem converting the Excel file using the steps that we show you in this article.