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.ascii File Extension

Developer: Bell Data Services
File type: ASCII Text File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .ascii. Files with the file extension .ascii can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .ascii files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .ascii file?

An ASCII file is a text file that allows a document to be recognized and read easily by any platform or operating system. It basically makes the file more accessible without any restrictions and commonly uses ASC file extension. ASCII is American Standard Code for Information Interchange and was designed for computers as a standard character set and other devices like tapedrives and teleprinters in the 1960’s. Today, ASCII codes are currently being used in all kinds of communication equipments, computers and other devices that employ texts. Its features include a 7-bit character set with 128 characters. It contains also upper and lower case letters from A to Z and numbers from 0 to 9. Modern computers of today use ASCII set of characters in sending information through the internet and is a feature in HTML website creation. Internet pages accessed by your browser can not operate properly without HTML written in ASCII codes.

how to open a .ascii file?

Launch a .ascii file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .ascii file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .ascii files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .ascii file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .ascii file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .ascii file association errors

applications that open a .ascii file

Microsoft Notepad

Microsoft Notepad

Notepad is a basic text editor used to create plain documents. It is commonly used to view or edit text (.txt) files, and a simple tool for creating Web pages, and supports only the basic formatting in HTML documents. It also has a simple built-in logging function. Each time a file that initializes with .log is opened, the program inserts a text timestamp on the last line of the file. It accepts text from the Windows clipboard. This is helpful in stripping embedded font type and style codes from formatted text, such as when copying text from a Web page and pasting into an email message or other “What You See Is What You Get” text editor. The formatted text is temporarily pasted into Notepad, and then immediately copied again in stripped format to be pasted into the other program. Simple text editors like Notepad may be utilized to change text with markup, such as HTML. Early versions of Notepad offered only the most basic functions, such as finding text. Newer versions of Windows include an updated version of Notepad with a search and replace function (Ctrl + H), as well as Ctrl + F for search and similar keyboard shortcuts. It makes use of a built-in window class named edit. In older versions such as Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me and Windows 3.1, there is a 64k limit on the size of the file being edited, an operating system limit of the EDIT class.
Notepad2

Notepad2

The Notepad2 application is a more advanced text editor for Windows developed by Florian Balmer. This program originated from the original built-in Microsoft Notepad which is why it is also effective and fast even when it is small. Notepad2 also has a lot of features such as syntax highlighting that allows a text or a source code to be displayed using different fonts and colors. This syntax highlighting feature of notepad2 allows users to write programming language easily and distinctly. This amazing function of Notepad2 is also owing to several other features it possess such as auto indentation, regular and expression-based find and replace feature, bracket matching, newline conversion, encoding conversion as well as multiple undo and redo features. These features make the function of the simple Notepad more advanced and it makes Notepad more interesting to use either to open files in .txt format or to write HTML codes. Notepad2 also supports many programming languages such as ASP, C++, Perl, Java, etc.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .ascii files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .ascii. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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