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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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View message source application reset back to TextEdit

When I right-click on a message in Outlook 2011, and click View Source, it used to open in TextEdit. I recently installed http://www.texts.io which has set itself as the default editor for that file ...
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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 ...
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Textedit file missing, How to recover?

I have been working on my scenario for a week on textedit, and this morning while I was making correction my file disappeared, while the other textedit files that were open remained on-screen. I ...
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How to open a file as plain text in TextEdit?

I have a *.rtf file which I want to open as plain text. How can I do this?
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Can I delete the contents of some TextEdit Documents (60 GB)? (and how?)

I recently noticed that there's only 60 GB of my 250 GB Macbook Pro diskspace left. I have been using it for only a few months and have only a few applications installed. Disk Inventory X showed me ...
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Can you still set a background color style in Textedit in Mavericks?

I had some background text color styles on my old mac and now have Mavericks - but I don't see any way to create a style for a highlighter-type background (for a sentence, paragraph etc.) - The Fonts ...
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Adjust/move table in TextEdit

I know that I can adjust any row height / column width in RTF document by hovering their borders and dragging them. But it seems that I can't do it for the first column... Is there a way to kind of ...
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I want to show a file in an AppleScript bundle, but shell returns: file not found

My Bundle File: reference.txt My Code: set bashFile to path to resource "reference.txt" set the reference_data to do shell script "type " & quoted form of (POSIX path of bashFile) display ...
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How to prevent TextEdit from commandline to cause Developer Unknown warning?

Is there any way (other than disabling Gatekeeper through preferences) to allow TextEdit to open my shell-script from a command-line? I'm more than ok with a dialog warning me, but the current dialog ...
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TextEdit Strange Error

If I hit Spotlight type "TextEdit" and hit enter. TextEdit starts and after that I can open any txt file by double clicking on it. As you would expect. If I close TextEdit and click on any txt file it ...
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Where are my old (previous) iCloud files after upgrading to OS X 10.10 Yosemite Beta 1? [closed]

I previously had about 200 .txt files saved in iCloud via TextEdit. After installing the Yosemite (10.10) Beta, there is now a folder hierarchie in iCloud, and all my previous files seem to have ...
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What corrupted TextEdit's rendering of RTF files?

When opening RTF files with TextEdit, they appear garbled. For example: {\rtf1\ansi{\fonttbl\f0\fswiss Helvetica;}\f0\pard This is some {\b bold} text.\par } Is TextEdit corrupted?
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TextEdit hangs when trying to reopen documents. Can I recover all documents except the one causing problems?

I was using TextEdit with a number of unsaved documents open. I then attempted to paste an unreasonably large RTF table into a new document. After watching TextEdit beachball for about 5 minutes, I ...
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TextEdit refuses to modify a file in /Users/Shared owned by another user despite mode 666

I have a text file in /Users/Shared that I would like to be editable by all users on my Mac. The Get Info window shows that everyone has read and write access, and when I open the file with TextEdit ...
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How can I get all my open TextEdit documents back?

I have a bad habit of having zillions of open documents in TextEdit, containing brief notes that I've made. Most of these are unsaved, so they have titles like "Untitled 67". Usually this isn't a ...
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How to stop auto-replacement of hyphens with horizontal rule?

If I wanted a horizontal rule, I'd type a string of em dashes. I can't find easily a way to disable this over-feature in TextEdit prefs ('Text replacement' is unticked) nor System Prefs ('Correct ...
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How to edit the /etc/hosts file?

When I open the file with TextEdit (I don't want (truly, I am not able) to use vim), it is seen as "locked", even if I modify the permissions of the file via the "Get Info" window. How can I modify ...
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Quotes problem in Mavericks (or TextEdit)

TextEdit in Mavericks changes the standard double quotes "Hello" to using unicode quotation marks “Hello”. It does this even when you edit plain text documents. Is there a way to prevent this new ...
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How to change the default opening application for a file created by touch?

I create a file by touch myFile in the Terminal. When I open this file in the Finder, it opens with TextEdit. But TextEdit is not ok for me, because it automatically transforms the character ' into ...
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How do you delete a column in TextEdit?

Using TextEdit, I created a table in a RTF document. Now I want to delete one of the columns in the table, and I see no option anywhere to delete a column. How do I delete a column in a table in ...
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Formatting from Word docs in TextEdit

When I open Word docs in TextEdit some formatting is lost, especially numbered lists, the numbers are simply not displayed. Is there some hidden preference? This is really annoying, because I have ...
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Edit contents of file from Finder with text editor

As a developer I need to constantly be examining/editing the contents of text files, and opening them from Finder and the command line. I would like to right click the file in finder, and have the ...
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Stop TextEdit to iCloud Save

Every time I save a TextEdit file 'SAVE' always goes to iCloud, even though I have been saving to another folder. Can I stop 'SAVE' from doing this?
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Is there a way to refresh a file that is opened by TextEdit?

As an academic, I often have to conduct "numerical experiments" by running a small computer program that outputs to a text file. I use TextEdit to read the text file. However, when I re-run the ...
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Converting .rtf to .doc/.dox with a service

I like to write in rich text with textedit and then do more complicated formatting tasks with Pages 5.0. However, Pages doesn't open rich text. To get the text into pages I either have to copy and ...
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TextEdit print to pdf failure in RemoteViewServices

I just started getting "error while printing" printing to a pdf from textedit (i.e. Print > PDF > Save as PDF ...). This has worked in the past (for years), though a web search indicates it's a ...
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TextEdit - quickly switch between colors

I am using TextEdit, and I am frequently switching between red, blue and black for the text colour. Right now I have to move my mouse to the colour picker in the toolbar and select the desired colour. ...
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How to resize a photo in TextEdit?

When I add photos to TextEdit, they sometimes appear too big, and I want to make them smaller. How can I resize or modify photos in TextEdit?
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Edit plist file for TextEdit

I need to edit plist file of TextEdit (TextEdit/Contents/plist.info) for doing this, using Xcode. But TextEdit says that I've got no permission for edit I've tried to get more permission for me, ...
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Entering superscript text (exponents) in TextEdit?

I am writing math problems on my iMac and I am using TextEdit. I need to add exponents to one of my problems. How can I do that?
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How can I access TextEdit documents saved in iCloud on a PC?

I use TextEdit to store a number of notes for me, and now my Mac is in Apple repair, I can't access them. How can I use a PC to access these notes? Is it possible to use an iPad mini to access these ...
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Closing applications after documents are closed- OS X 10.8

When I use applications such as TextEdit and Preview, the application still stays open after I close the text file or jpg file. When I click the respective application (since it is still in the dock), ...
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Delete a TextEdit document in iCloud

I would like to delete a TextEdit document stored in iCould. The only solution I found was to open the document move the document to the hard disk "File → Move To ..." delete it locally Any ...
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What to use for a plain text editor?

I'm writing instructions for a project and at some point, for a certain condition one needs to modify a simple plain ascii text file. For windows I can tell them to fire up notepad. I thought on the ...
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Prevent TextEdit from opening for unknown file types that are plain text

TextEdit is used by the system so it can't be removed, but I have another text editor I use and it causes confusion when text files that don't have a suffix or don't have a suffix which I've already ...
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Selecting a whole line of text, including the newline

Kind of a tricky one to describe. Here goes though. Open up your favourite text editor on OSX (well, Textedit, Coda 2, a Chrome textarea at least). Type a long line of text, followed by a short line. ...
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TextEdit keeps duplicating my text file and adding a strange extension

A lot of the time, when I open a file in TextEdit, such as test.txt, it will create another file test.txt.sb-d7bff531-E4qLT8 in the same directory. Why does it do this?
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Close a file TextEdit without saving [duplicate]

Every time I close (command-W) a file I'm editing in TextEdit, it will save any changes without even ask me (and several of those times, I didn't want the changes to be saved). I couldn't find any ...
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TextEdit Crashes on New Document (SIGSEGV)

I can't even create a new text document in TextEdit, though I can open any existing one. Whenever I click "New Document", I get the following crash report: Process: TextEdit [23534] Path: ...
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Good Text List transformation Software

Let's say I have a list of items like so: default cube page concave zoom linear fade none and I want to change it to the following: 'default' => t('default'), 'cube' => t('cube'), ...
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How do I open a file from TextEdit on MacOSX?

How do I create a link in TextEdit on MacOSX that will let me open an external application?
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How to know which directory contains the file that I'm editing in TextEdit?

Very basic question - I am editing a file using the basic system TextEdit app. As I actually have the file in question in several locations, how can I tell what directory the one that I am editing is ...
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osx - opening a unicode file in text edit

I'd like to process a unicode text file using TextEdit. When I open the file using TextEdit or TextWrangler instead of seeing Nattvardsgästerna I see this Nattvardsg‰sterna (which is incorrect). When ...
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How does Mountain Lion set the default text editor for the “open -t” terminal command?

OSX seem to offer open -t command line shortcut to open arbitrary files in the system default text editor. Where is this default text editor set? Can I change it from the command line (if possible) ...
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how to find out the submenu item's name in this special case (for a shortcut)

In TextEdit there is this submenu (see the image) that I want to define a shortcut for. I can't define a shortcut for the "Right to Left" item, I assume it's because there are actually 2 such items ...
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How do I make TextEdit remember last Save As location in Mountain Lion?

First off, I have disabled iCloud as default location for Save As dialogs in TextEdit.app: defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false … But still, I have one ...
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White on black in TextEdit [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Default background color in Textedit Is there any way to get text displayed in white and the background be black in TextEdit in plain text mode?
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Default background color in Textedit

How do I set default background color in Textedit? Preferences -> New Document -> Font doesnt help. That black on white isn't too good in nights.
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TextEdit: How to stop cursor always being at the bottom of the screen while writing?

Ok so I have recently started using TextEdit to create .txt documents on 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion) but I am used to word processors like pages. I realise that txt files don't have pages, even though you ...
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Are there keyborad shortcuts to MOVE paragraphs up or down while editing text?

Microsoft Word on windows has this really handy feature where you can MOVE the current paragraph up or down. I think you type alt-ctrl-up or alt-ctrl-down, though I don't have a windows pc in front ...