anything relating to text, including text editors such as TextEdit

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Text randomly disappears while typing?

rMBP OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion While chatting with friends on facebook, the text randomly disappears and appears at random intervals. I cannot induce the effect manually. It is very frustrating to see ...
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In Mail.app 6.0, is there a way to drag-select parts of message bodies? [closed]

In Mail.app 6.0 with 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple has chosen to make it impossible to drag-select text in a message that has been sent or received. In previous versions, you could do as you can with ...
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Why is the “black” text on my Mac made up of so many different colors?

My Mac has this nifty "zoom" function that kicks in when I hold control and scroll in and out. If I zoom all the way in on black text on my screen, it is made up of many different colors. Why is ...
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Word stop when navigating text with option-key

I use option and command to navigate text (which is awesome). I've read somewhere that you can specify the characters that constitute a word stop (underscores for example). However I can't find this ...
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In terminal, how to get “say” to say things “right” ? ie using custom phonetics?

I'd like to use "say" in the terminal to create audio files with a custom phonetic dictionary, or at the very least, say things how I think they should sound. From my understanding, this can't be ...
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Can someone read messages on my locked iPhone?

I left my iPhone in a taxi cab. I locked the phone to make sure nobody finds it and makes expensive calls. But does locking the phone prevent someone from seeing the texts I am sending? What if the ...
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iPhone text messages

I do not want my new iPhone to open text messages automatically when I tap the icon because of this recent scam thing with "you've won a prize". I've gotten that message 3 times so far, and I have to ...
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Multi-selection of text in text areas (Chrome, Sparrow) will switch keyboard to “Insert mode” and overwrite too much text

OSX 10.7.4, MacBook Air I've noticed that when I select text and attempt to replace it with additional text, some text areas will maintain the selection and cause me to errantly delete data from my ...
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Copy text from mac to ipad

I'm often reading stuff on my Mac but then I want to switch to my iPad to read it there. Is there a simple way to copy text or an URL from my Mac to my iPad?
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Select font when converting .txt to .pdf from command line

I often need to convert text files to PDF from the command line. I currently use enscript, a2pdf, cupsfilter, etc. The feature I'm missing is the ability to use an OS X font instead of one of the ...
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Add text substitution for all words ending with certain letters

I’d like to have automatic spelling correction in MAC OSX 10.7 for all words ending with certain letter sequences. It would help me a lot in my typing if all words ending with "...ao” were substituted ...
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How can I use text substitutions without having to type a space?

I have some custom text substitutions set up in the Language & Text pane of System Preferences. But in order to activate a substitution, I have to type the shortcut and then press the spacebar. ...
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How can I zoom in TextEdit?

I am given documents from various different sources in various different formats to work with. I use TextEdit to read and make small edits to them. TextEdit can read and edit all of the formats I ...
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How to setup Indian rupee format in Numbers?

Indian rupee number format is different from US number format. e.g. 1,00,00,00,000 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_rupee How do I setup a custom number format in Numbers?
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How can I download plain .txt files in Safari/Chrome?

Some data formats will not be automatically downloaded by Safari/Chrome. Usually there are other options: .jpg → right-click will show a dialog with an option download .pdf → when you ...
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How can I dynamically choose smart or non-smart quotes?

In Keynote and Pages (and other apps), I can set a preference in the Auto-correction pane to use smart quotes. However, I'm writing a bunch of slides that include code. When typing the code, I don't ...
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My iPhone 4S won't text my friend's Android, my phone thinks she still has an iphone with iOS5

My friend used to have an iPhone 3GS with iOS version 5. Our text messages showed up blue being that we were on the same software. She now has updated her phone to a Galaxy S II and my phone still ...
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Why won't my iPhone reply to a text message after updating to iOS 5? [closed]

After updating to iOS 5, I cannot reply to a text message from non iPhone users. iMessage works fine. In order to actually reply to a text, I have to go into my contacts and hit "Send Message"...and ...
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Prompt when sending text message as SMS instead of iMessage?

Is there a way I can get Messages to prompt when it wants to send a message as SMS rather than an iMessage ? I hate noticing that when a message fails to send, its sent as SMS instead of imessage, ...
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Searching Contacts in iOS

It seems that you can only search for a name or a company name in iOS's Contacts app. You can't search for an address, a zip, a note or any text outside of those fields. The same holds true for ...
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How do I activate markers and link text in iBooks Author?

I want to have text in one place/page, to tap on it and go to another place/page. I'm new in iBooks Author, I've tried several options and I don't know how it works.
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How do I send someone a normal text if they also use iMessage?

My brother has a Windows Phone, and an iPad. Whenever I try to text him, it sends him an iMessage to his iPad, not a text message. Since he does not always have his iPad with him, he doesn't get my ...
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Writing Causes Page to Jump

I have trouble writing on my Mac. It happens on pages on Safari like writing an e-mail or in Facebook and even in this question box. The problem is that the page starts jumping up and down as I'm ...
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How to enable Antialiasing in Finder's preview column and QuickLook?

The title pretty much says it all, plain text files are a bit annoying to read on QuickLook (and to preview on finder's preview column) due to a lack of antialiasing. On the General preference panel ...
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How do I disable the drop shadow from text on the Desktop?

Does anyone know how to get rid of the text drop shadow from files and folders on the Mac desktop? I would prefer a subtle shadow with an offset of 1 pixel. If you know of a hack to get rid of ...
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Can I make the UI text on iPhone/iOS smaller?

I have pretty good eyes, and I'd like to be able to see more than 5 emails at a time in the list view. I realize I can reduce the number of preview lines, but I want to keep the preview and just make ...
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Texting from my old 3GS iphone without a Sim still shows my old phone number

I've upgraded my iPhone 3GS to the new iPhone 4S. I want to give my old 3GS to my daughter to use as an "iPod touch". We've upgraded the 3GS to iOS 5 and attached it to iCloud with her own separate ...
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Select text-replacement without adding a space?

I have set up Lion text replacement to replace a three-letter short-code with my full email address. It works great, and I recommend you all do it. :-) But - in order to confirm the auto-replacement, ...
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Text expansion for Mac OS X Lion?

Is there a built in feature into OS X Lion which is similar to iOS 5.0's shortcut feature? For example, by default if you type "omw" on the iPhone, it gets expanded to "on my way" automatically. I ...
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iPhone can send iMessages without a SIM card?

I gave my old iPhone 3GS (iOS 5.0) to a friend, and after removing the SIM card, we noticed a peculiar behavior. My friend is able to send texts via iMessage from the old phone number. Likewise, I can ...
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Is less(1) missing lesskey functionality?

less(1), the terminal file pager, seems to be missing lesskey(1) and the ability to rebind the keystrokes in less. The docs claim it's there, but it doesn't work. Am I crazy or is Apple's version of ...
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How to keep the text selection in Terminal.app when typing

In Terminal.app, when I select some text and start typing again, the text selection is gone. I personally find this very annoying. Is there a way to make Terminal.app keep the selection when I type?
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Whispersync-like experience for PDF or TXT files?

When I start reading a PDF or TXT on my Mac and continue reading it on my iPhone, I have to waste time looking for exact place where I stopped reading on my Mac before continuing to read on my iPhone. ...
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Is there a QuickLook preview for plain-text files with unknown extensions?

A similar question was asked here but the answer refers to something called QL Stephen, which only claims to preview files with no extension. I need something that will show previews of files with ...
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Why do text on some websites appear scrambled in Safari?

Safari has started display scrambled text on some websites. This only happens on certain site and in Safari. I've also noticed that the problem may appear in certain spots on the website, like the ...
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Terminal Encoding Not Working For Certain Characters

EDIT This problem was solved in my case by changing terminal emulation from VT100 to xterm. Apparently the two programs I was trying don't behave properly when it comes to VT100 terminal line ...
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Copying text from a file using Quick Look?

Anyone know of a way to simply select and copy text from a file open in Quick Look? Our project managers really enjoy sending out change requests as attached .doc files, and I'd really love to be ...
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Cursor selection behavior

When clicking something on the Mac screen, the cursor will a) take up residence as directed, If I click again, it will b) select the whole word, If I click again, it will c) select the whole ...
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How to 'scroll down' when there's nothing more to show? (cause I like the blank space)

When I'm working in a text document, I like to start typing at the top of the window or in the middle. I hate when the carat/cursor gets all the way to the bottom and there's no blank space left ...
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Google Voice messenger notification problem

I have an iPhone 4 with the Google Voice messenger app. However I don't get notifications at all; I've tried everything! If I want to check if I recieved a text I have to go into the app and press the ...
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Customize Quick Look to allow me to view .yml files

I would like to use "space" to preview *.yml files directly out of the finder on Mac OS X. I think I have to tell finder to launch the text file quick view handler for files with that type and this ...
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Copying web page content in Safari to HTML

Is there an easier way to copy and paste website content in HTML? What I want to copy looks like this: Product Information: Length: S / M / L Material: Polyester and Elasthane Brand: Roxana ...
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How can one create a shortcut for pasting unformatted text in Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac?

iWork provides the keyboard shortcut Cmd-Option-Shift-V to paste text without it's original formatting. How can I get this or a similar shortcut key for Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac?
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How to set up equal height columns with a title on top (Pages '09)

This is what I'm trying to do on Pages '09 — http://cl.ly/4sJ2 — two equal height columns with a title on top. Any suggestions?
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Find/replace in TextEdit?

How can I change all occurrences of one string to another in TextEdit? Other text editors call this "find/replace".
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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Tool to Convert Pictures or Images to Text

I have scanned text. I am looking for an affordable OCR tool (Optical Character Recognition) tool. I tried OCRTOOLS from the App Store, but it crashes with the first picture I tried. Any ...