A sequence can be viewed as text without any layout and text formatting. This displays all the information about the sequence in the GenBank file format. To view a sequence as text:
Select a sequence in the Navigation Area and right-click on the file name | Hold the mouse over "Show" to enable a list of options | Select "Text View" ()
Another way to show the text view is to open the sequence in the View Area and click on the "Show Text View" icon () found at the bottom of the window.
This makes it possible to see background information about e.g. the authors and the origin of DNA and protein sequences. Selections or the entire text of the Sequence Text View can be copied and pasted into other programs:
Much of the information is also displayed in the Sequence info, where it is easier to get an overview (see Sequence info.)