The built in text editor with Mac OS X. It started on NEXTSTEP, and was then included as a replacement to SimpleText when Mac OS X shipped. The project is also open source.

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How to configure Dragon Dictate so that it does not scan files upon opening?

When I open a text file with TextEdit, Dragon Dictate scan the file: It often ends up being unresponsive if the file is large. How to configure Dragon Dictate so that it does not scan files upon ...
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Disabling automatic en dash when editing files in TextEdit

I've noticed that typying -- in text edit results in those signs being converted to en dash: –. This is highly undesirable behaviour. For example correct formatting for the SRT files is (related ...
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Text Edit rtf. Document suddenly disappeared from desktop after opening it!

A very important (30+ hrs. of work) Text Edit rtf. Document suddenly disappeared from desktop after opening it! I have been working on a translation with a tight deadline; non-stop working for 5 days ...
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How do I rename a file in TextEdit so that it stays the new name and does not keep reverting back to the previous name?

I'm using TextEdit and trying to rename a file. I use the dropdown menu by the file name, click on Rename, change my file name and then every thing I do – tap on the file, command S, try to Save from ...
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Make lower case for pattern in TextEdit

If I select text using a pattern in TextEdit how do I transform that selected text? I can't get anything in the Transform menu to work when text is selected like this. I am using a pattern to find ...
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TextEdit paragraph numbering - number on paragraph break NOT on line break

I need to number my paragraphs but still be able to have un-numbered line breaks inside the paragraph; putting in a soft return (command-return) should work but doesn't; when I re-number the ...
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Managing Favorite Styles Mavericks

I'm trying to have a text style defined by me appear wherever appropriate. In TextEdit it would be under "Format -> Font" menu right next to "Italic," etc. Naturally, I proceed to "Format -> Font -> ...
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TextEdit issue opening file

Right clicking on a file -> Open With -> TextEdit. Instead of opening the original file, TextEdit creates a copy of it and opens that one. As an administrator, I have both read & write ...
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Why do apps in El Capitan open a new window when opening a file?

Is this an El Capitan bug? I've noticed in more than one app, when I go to File --> Open, the app opens the file in a new window instead of in the existing window. For example, in TextEdit, if you ...
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How do I add relative links in TextEdit?

I want to add a relative file link from one TextEdit rtf or rtfd document to another. I add an absolute file link by prepending a path with file:// like file://path/myFile. However relative links like ...
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Cannot make text italic in TextEdit (but bold and underline work fine)

I've never seen this strange thing before. I am working on a new TextEdit file (not yet saved anywhere, but saved automatically on iCloud I assume). The document is not plain text, therefore I ...
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Old rtf files wont open, or appear corrupt

I have a long term problem opening older rtf files, created in TextEdit. I have tried changing the extensions, I have changed the preferences (to 'Display RTF files as RTF code instead of formatted ...
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Open TextEdit with a new document

I just moved from windows to mac. One of the things I am missing is how easy it is to open a new notepad document (just click the notepad icon in launch bar). in Mac it will always show the existing ...
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Does Time Machine save TextEdit drafts?

Imagine you have Time Machine running with Yosemite. You open TextEdit, create a new text document in which you actually write stuff. You can turn off your computer, restart it, the document will ...
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Applescript Won't Invoke Shortcut Command

I have a long TextEdit document I frequently open (via a keystroke, thanks to Alfred). It contains many non-standard spellings, so I de-select "Check Spelling While Typing" (though I want spell ...
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How to edit hosts with TextEdit on Yosemite?

This line used to work sudo -b "/Applications/Textedit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit" /etc/hosts But on Yosemite, it does not work anymore.
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TextEdit: is there a hidden preference setting to have it create .docx files instead of RTF?

TextEdit for Yosemite (and earlier) will open .docx files. More importantly, if you edit and save it will update the .docx file. It won't default to save as RTF. So is there a (hidden) preference ...
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File modify date is not updated in Finder file properties

I have a video capture of a strange behavior: File prior to editing: Edited at 5:15PM using TextEdit In Finder I see the file with strange rename, and Modified date value is not updated, nor does ...
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TextEdit keeps crashing

I am using TextEdit to edit some tcl files. periodically, or even frequently, but not always, when I go to save the file, I get a spinning beach ball. I tried launching text-edit via the command-line, ...
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How to disable auto-save for TextEdit on MacOS 10.9.5 when clicking other windows

I've seen some possible solutions (link1 here and link2 here) on the web on how to disable autosave on TextEdit for Mavericks but it seems to be only for when someone's closing the application. The ...
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TextEdit: prevent Helvetica 12 font reversion

Is there a way to prevent TextEdit from reverting font to unwanted Helvetica 12 instead of the Preferences font (such as Verdana 14) after inserting an image and hitting the Return key?
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Keep color but not font or font size when copying into TextEdit

I'm copying some text from a web page into a TextEdit document. I want to be able to keep the color, but not the font or font size. Is that possible?
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In TextEdit or similar editors, is it possible to go to a previous bullet's indent level without a bullet?

I have an issue is with bullets in a rich-text editor. If I want to put several paragraphs under one bullet, like this: Bullet one Bullet two paragraph one Bullet two paragraph two ...
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How to copy found text (highlighted) in TextEdit

I'm looking for copying the patterns that I find. For example for this, I would like to copy all the "bcbc": and being able to paste it somewhere like "bcbcbcbcbcbcbcbcbcbc" (bcbc x5). Do you know ...
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Is there a way to prevent Mac emoji from changing line spacing?

When I use emoji in Mac OSX typable spaces - for example TextEdit - the emoji will adjust the line spacing so it will fit. And it makes the document look really messy because the one line that the ...
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Text documents don't get focus when another document is open in Mavericks

I just installed Mavericks, and I am using the latest version (10.9.5), and have found out something that is definitely a bug and would like to get sorted: If I have an open text document (let's call ...
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Resizing whole text containing different fonts in TextEdit

My text file uses two fonts, Helvetica for usual text and the ALPHABETUM-Unicode specialized font for rare ancient characters. The system handles it nicely, as the sizes of the ALPHABETUM ...
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Html file became a rtf file then a txt file

I have been working on a html file on my mac os 10.10 via Texedit for about a week. When I started my computer today the file appeared on my machine as an rtf, and when I opened it I saw my page as ...
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How can I create two column table macro script?

How can I create a two column table in via Macro, and create new cell rows by hitting the Return key (as you can do in Word)? Alternatively, is there a way to achieve the same effect without the ...
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How to create two column table script?

Is there a way to create a two column table in TextEdit with some way to create new cells by hitting the Return key, as you can do in Word? Alternatively, is there a way to achieve the same effect ...
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How can I prevent TextEdit from saving previous versions of a text file?

I've got a simple text file that I keep in Dropbox for holding important notes. I've name it so it shows up at the top of the directory, so that it is quickly accessible from anywhere - on my Mac, ...
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Where are TextEdit files that are not moved to iCloud Drive stored?

After upgrading to Yosemite I did not migrate to iCloud Drive and iCloud text files were in a local folder which was very difficult to locate. I can't find these files now. They were in a folder ...
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Newlines are removed when sending text file from MacBook to iPhone via AirDrop

How can I send text from my computer to the iPhone while preserving new lines? When I try to AirDrop a plain text file created in TextEdit (on my MacBook) to my phone, and choose to open the file in ...
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Textedit Yosemite erase function

In OS X Textedit, I was able to remove unwanted material from images scanned to JPEGs by using the select tool to define the area to be removed and then pressing "delete", resulting in a white area on ...
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Xcode vs TextEdit “Find and Replace…”

The default hotkey behavior in both Xcode and TextEdit “Find and Replace” is: Find... ⌘F Find and Replace... ⌘⌥F However, in TextEdit, the dialog for “Find and Replace” remains even after you press ...
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Enable horizontal scroll for TextEdit in Yosemite (Mac OS X 10.10.2)

Is enabling horizontal scroll for TextEdit (for Mac OS X 10.10.2) possible? After going to Preferences and checking or unchecking the box labeled "Wrap to page", the text still wraps to the next line ...
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TextEdit turned HTML file into RTF while open - how to undo?

I was on a Mac with no plaintext text editor installed, and needed to make a very quick change to a HTML file saved on a shared drive. I opened it in TextEdit, set it to "Plain text" in Preferences ...
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TextEdit does not show recent documents in Yosemite

I am new to Mac OS X Yosemite. How do I make TextEdit show recent documents? When I go to File and select Recent Documents, it does not show the last few documents like it used to.
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How to save files on Mac with extension I want?

I need to create a .css file on my Mac. I created it with TextEdit. How do I now save it with a .css extension? It seems that very single File Format it offers will give it a different extension (rtf, ...
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Recommendation for an iOS & Mac app suite with iCloud support for editing RTF files?

I'm looking for an app suite of iOS and Mac apps for editing RTF files (originally created with TextEdit) and which allow sharing the files through iCloud. I considered getting the WriteToGo suite of ...
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TextEdit keeps changing file extensions when I save

Is there a way to prevent TextEdit from changing the file extension on a file that I open it with, or at least prompt me? Example: Open somefilename.yyy Save becomes somefilename.rtf I have ...
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Stop textedit from blocking

I followed the instructions here: Stop TextEdit to iCloud Save defaults write -g NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false However, after a period of time, Textedit reverts back to blocking ...
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The first line on a TextEdit moves out of center alignment, and then when recentered it is not in alignment with the rest of the document

I am new to word processing, so this is probably something incredibly simple that I am overlooking. Knowing that, just compounds the frustration however of not being able to figure it out. Any help ...
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TextEdit app always opens with File Open dialog

Every time I open my TextEdit app it starts with the File Open dialog open. How do I stop this?
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Save file to hidden directory with standard OS X save dialog

Using TextEdit, when I try to save example.txt to some hidden directory, for example ~/Library, I can't because save panel doesn't show them. The only way I found was to save file to non-hidden ...
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How to subscript/superscript single character in Text Edit?

I would like to know how to subscript/superscript "single" character in Text Edit. I have followed this question: Entering superscript text (exponents) in TextEdit?, which is ...
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How to recover TextEdit files?

I just quit TextEdit and forgot to save my files that I have been working on for 2 weeks. I'm about to cry. Please tell me how can I recover them?
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How to 'linkify' plain text URLs (locally) on the Mac?

I'm copying a slab of plain text that contains URLs into an RTF file in TextEdit, which I am hoping to automatically, (as there are a lot of them in the text), 'linkify' into rich text hyperlinks - ...
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Where are my old (previous) iCloud files after upgrading to OS X 10.10 Yosemite?

I previously had about 200 .txt files saved in iCloud via TextEdit. After installing the Yosemite (10.10), there is now a folder hierarchy in iCloud, and all my previous files seem to have ...