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Firstly, please accept my apologies if this question is on the wrong area. Feel free to move it to the correct place.


I have downloaded a US Immigration document which is saved as a .DAT file.


The question I have is, how do I open it and read it?


I have tried opening it with Word 2010 but all I get is what appears to be random letters etc.


Grateful for any advise on opening a .DAT file.

Edited by FXRStuarty, 20 November 2016 - 11:17 AM.

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A DAT file contains some type of data. The easiest way to open a DAT file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which application should open it. If that doesn't work then try using any text editor or word processing program to see what it contains. This file type can be associated with many programs. WARNING! Never double-click on an unknown file unless you have your computer set to show file extensions. Hackers can easily create a DAT.EXE file that may contain a virus.


You can try opening the file in something like Notepad although I recommend using Notepad++.


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Edited by AstraNut, 20 November 2016 - 06:30 PM.

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