When you try to load a Gigabyte-sized text file on Windows, you will find out quickly that the default programs that Windows ships with are not suited for this.
While most users may never encounter huge text files on any system, those who do need a program that opens these text documents reliably.
Neither Notepad nor Wordpad open very large text files, and even favorite third-party alternatives such as Notepad++ won't once file size reaches a certain threshold.
Most programs refuse to load a 30 Gigabyte password hash text file, and the same is true for sizeable Gigabyte-sized log files and other large text files.
The following guide lists text editors and viewers that you may use to open very large text files on Windows PCs.
The list focuses on free programs. While several commercial applications such as Ultra Edit support large text files, it is not necessary to pay money to open these text files on Windows.
Most of the programs on the list support viewing and searching only, and not the editing of text documents. You may want to consider splitting the document into multiple parts for better accessibility.
This works only if you don't need to search across the entire archive though as it would make things more complicated if you'd split the file.
It is quite troubling in my opinion that you cannot really load large text documents in any of the programs that Windows ships with for that purpose. So, if you have to view or edit a Gigabyte-sized text file you need to use third-party programs for that.
Now You: Which text editor do you use predominantly? Know of another text viewer or editor that is capable of loading large files?
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