Plain text

title: “Plain-Text” layout: note date: 28-08-2022 last_modified_at: 2023-12-08 12:09 t files. It has many advantages over word processing software like Word or Google Docs. The files are lightweight and tiny. But it’s also future proof. There’s no additional steps needed if you are working between systems or if you open a very old file.

Perhaps the biggest reason I write everything in plain text is it is boring. There’s no additional styling you can add. A lack of formatting is actually a big selling point, because it is a distraction free file type. Instead of choosing the perfect font and aligning things just right, I focus on writing the words.

Emacs is a very old program that saves everything in plain text. I use it for Org-Mode, which is about as fancy as you can get for text on a screen. But any software will open .txt files, even notepad which is installed on windows by default.

Its part of the reason I switch to Obsidian, as all the files are saved as markdown, a plain text mark up language. My website is powered by Jekyll which uses the same format.

  • This is a useful piece of software that will combine multiple text files.

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