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With at least some versions of Windows OS, the full file extensions (full name) is not shown by default. Also, Notepad will automatically add the .txt suffix at the end of HTML or CSS files created by Notepad unless you follow a certain procedure. There are also some settings that need to be changed to use TextEdit on a Mac. So, if you plan to code by hand, you might want to try these steps before you begin.
Setting Windows to Show Full Extension
By default, file extensions for known file types are hidden. However, you can change this setting so that file extensions are shown for files in a certain folder or for all files on your hard disk.
The methods to change this differs depending on the Windows OS you use. So, here are some links that will open in a new window:
For Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8: Make Windows show file extensions and hidden files
For Windows 10: Show and hide file extensions in Windows 10
If you want to set only certain files or folders to show the full extension, check the above sites to see if they give the instructions for that. Basically, you can navigate to the file or folder and then change the settings for just that file or folder.
Saving files with Notepad
To keep Notepad from adding the .txt extension:
Opening files with Notepad
Alternatives to Notepad
With my Windows laptop, I use Notepad ++. It is easier to save files with various extentions and you can have more than one file open at a time.
TextEdit on a Mac
If you are going to use Textedit on a Mac, you need to be sure it is set to plain text and, for older Macs, is set to "ignore rich text commands"
Other Mac Options
Presently, I use the free version of BBEdit https://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/download.html by Bare Bones Software (Same people who made TextWrangler which is no longer available). I have used TextMate, but it doesn't appear to work with the latest versions of Mac https://macromates.com/download.
Just for Fun
If you are in the mood to just play with graphics or text, you might want to check out some links on the Fun Sites Hotlist