@Target: Ah, you seem to have added some new factors there that were apparently not mentioned in your OP.
Could you tell us what you are wanting to do with the text a- e.g., how it is to be stored and later used?
That might help.
use case is irrelevant, though FWIW the resultant text files are processed by some VBA macro's for spreadsheeting/analysis
The files are standard reports out of a mainframe sent to a line printer daemon for download. Presumably the archiving is an attempt to minimise storage requirements.
The issue here is that Chrome doesn't provide me with the capability to save the files as plain text (which is what I need). Instead it assumes that I must only want certain formats
frankly i don't like chrome. And I don't like IE. I used to be a FF fanboy, but they've spoilt that too... Sadly in this situation these are my only choices, and it feels like they're all colluding to produce a far less efficient and productive toolset...