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Edit text file in browser window

Edit text file in browser window

Julian2
New member | Level 1

It would be super handy to edit txt files in the preview window that opens when you click a document in your dropbox in the browser. So I can quickly store some text without having the pain of downloading - editing-uploading
Just an idea 🙂

68 Comments
irg1
New member | Level 2

Absolutely - This has been requested for many years, yet this - the simplest of features - isn't here.

Joseph S.45
New member | Level 1

Yes!!! Would like to be able to edit .txt either through Microsoft Office Word Mobile or any other app!

Rich
Super User II

Why isn't it possible to open and edit .txt files in Office Mobile through Dropbox?

You'd have to ask Microsoft as it's their system.

or any other app!

There are plenty of apps available that will connect to Dropbox and allow you to edit text files. Have you looked through the store for your platform?

Here's a great list for iOS text editors. Click the Dropbox column header and it will show only those that have Dropbox support. There are also web-based text editors that will connect to Dropbox. Some pay, some free. A quick Google search located several.

Damian C.
New member | Level 2

Thanks for the useful comment, Rich R.

As you point out, there are some great standalone apps on mobile and desktop platforms to edit .txt files (I'm partial to Sublime Text, myself), but what I'm suggesting is a browser-based plain-text editor on par with the Microsoft-based one that comes up when you hit "open" in the web interface looking at a .docx file. I'd like to be able to contine working in plain text on my machine, but still be able to share a file with someone else through Dropbox and know they can open and edit it right there in their browser as they can with a .docx file.

This is a larger complaint, but it's odd to me that Dropbox (and Google Docs for that matter) don't embrace .txt files a bit more. 

Steven L.36
New member | Level 2

I'd like to see Dropbox offering connective editing for flat screen devices (tablets and phablets). Connective editing could give them more raw editing power than what's standard on home computers running MS Word.

 

BC A.
New member | Level 1

It's absurd that we can't edit plain text files. Why not simply let Word open them, the way it does with Word docs? What is the problem? 90% of my Dropbox files are text files, and the lack of this feature makes Dropbox almost useless to me. 

Herbert I.
New member | Level 1

I just want to pile on and say that, as with everyone else over the past year, I would absolutely love this feature being added to the app and to browser interface.

Karsten H.1
New member | Level 2

Yes please, I want that too! I mean we can edit complex Excel files in the browser but we can't paste a phone number into a text file? Cmon... 

ma_ko
Explorer | Level 3

Would it be possible to achieve? I often find myself in a situation in which I have to edit a .txt file and I have to download to my computer, edit it and upload again. In my opinion it takes too much time. So, would it be possible? It does not have to be anything fancy, just a simple plain text editor will do. I saw the same suggestion earlier but it ended without any response from the support. Thanks in advance.

hobs
New member | Level 2

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