Convert .dat file to .xls or .txt or .cvs

Is there a simple way to convert .dat files to .xls, .txt and/or .cvs files?  Also, if I can't convert a .dat file, at least how do I open and read a .dat file?
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it depends on the program that wrote the .dat file.  sometimes, there are conversion programs for a particular software program, or you might even have an export feature in the program...

what is the .dat file from ?
right click the dat file and select open with and chose notepad

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jwhornsbyAuthor Commented:
Good answer with Notepad - it opened the file, but it had a lot of jumbled characters that I had to remove, but at least I got to the info.  Thanks.
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