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 do I unlock a .plist file so that I can change it?

I want to edit Info.plist for TextEdit. (Here's why.) I'm running OS 10.7, and I do have Xcode installed. But every time I try to edit the file, it's locked and I can't save my changes. If I try to ...
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Read/Edit Textedit icloud files on an iPad

Does any one of you know a solution to either read or edit on an iPad files stored with Textedit on iCloud ?
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Joining lines into a single line in TextEdit

In a text document, how do I join several lines into a single line? I want each paragraph to be on a single line, but keep the lines between the paragraphs. Here is an example. I want to convert this ...
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TextEdit wants to save as RTFD because of graphics, but I have used no graphics

I have been copying and pasting lots of contact info into a Textedit file. I have been saving as I go along and it saves as .RTF Now suddenly it says: This document contains graphics and will be ...
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TextEdit shows dialogs about not having permission to open any files

About once per day, TextEdit starts showing dialogs like this when I try to open any file: The document “test.txt” could not be opened. You don’t have permission. To view or change ...
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Can a keyboard shortcut force TextEdit windows to close and discard all changes?

Is there any way I could configure TextEdit to close the window (through keyboard shortcut) without asking me if I want to save an unsaved file? Can be another script/program configure globally when ...
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How can I associate OpenOffice documents with OpenOffice apps instead of TextEdit?

I just updated to Mountain Lion. My documents were prepared in OpenOffice and contain many mathematical equations. After updating to Mountain Lion, the documents open in TextEdit instead of ...
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How to make TextEdit open with a blank file by default?

In Lion, TextEdit used to open with a blank file by default. On Mountain Lion, it launches with a file picker by default — either for choosing to store the file in iCloud or for opening a local file. ...
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How to permanently put TextEdit in the Open with… menu list?

I'm a developer and often dealing with unusual file types. If I want to open one of these files in TextEdit, I have to start it first and then open the file with it, or drag the file to the TextEdit ...
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Is Pinch To Zoom in TextEdit feature available in Lion?

In Mountain Lion it is now possible Pinch To Zoom in files within TextEdit. I think this is a new feature in Mountain Lion. I'd like to know whether it is available in Lion?
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TextEdit key bindings modified in DefaultKeyBinding.dict stopped working

I have customized text editing bindings in ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict but they all stopped working in TextEdit.app when I upgraded to Lion. They still work fine in other Cocoa apps ...
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Apple TextEdit - where is the file being saved?

I used to use Save As… to remember the directory I was saving a file in, but that seems to have disappeared with the latest OS. I have a file open in TextEdit. How does one go about finding the ...
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Applications occasionally start showing “The document could not be autosaved” dialogs

Every now and then, some application (usually TextEdit) starts showing dialogs like this when I try to close or save any document: The document “2.txt” could not be autosaved. Your changes ...
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How to save a .css file from TextEdit or Word?

I once read you could force the color of visited links in Safari by adding a:visited { color: #6611cc !important; } in the .css file under Preferences < Advanced. In this way, it will turn every ...
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Where does OS X store unsaved TextEdit documents?

Where does Mac OS X store TextEdit's unsaved documents? I want to programmatically: increase/decrease that size flush the cache provide configuration option to control the frequency of auto ...
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TextEdit removes Byte-Order-Mark (BOM) from Unicode/UTF files. How to fix?

I'm working with UTF-8 files, but TextEdit seems to not fully support the BOM. When a BOM is present, it DOES render unicode characters correctly. However, upon saving the file, the BOM is removed, so ...
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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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Change tabstop in TextEdit.app

How does one change the tabstop in TextEdit.app for Snow Leopard? The current tabstop is 8 spaces. I would like to change this to 4 spaces. Is there any way to achieve this?
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Is there a notepad that lets me change the background image?

I want to put this blackboard as the background of my notepad, so when I type, it'll look like I'm writing on a blackboard. Do you know a simple text editor that will let me use it as a background ...
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Preview crashes on Print command

I have this crash on Preview and TextEdit happening every time I use the Print command. cmd+p = spinning ball... It's only on these two apps, as far as I know. Ie: Mail app prints fine. Both MS Office ...
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How do I keep the new line/line break/end of line in a file consistent across mac and windows

I use DropBox on both a windows and a mac. Whenever I add lines to a .txt file on my mac and sync it with DropBox to my windows, the "new lines" are skrewed up when reading the file on my windows, ...
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Removing favorite styles does not work in Lion’s TextEdit

In TextEdit on OS X 10.7 Lion, I want to remove some custom text styles I created previously (see screenshot). I have tried the “Remove from favorites” button in the “Show Styles > Favourite Styles” ...
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Can I open files in TextEdit from the Terminal in Mac OS X?

I frequently find that a terminal command to open a file in TextEdit would be very handy. Does such a command exist on Mac OS X?
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How do I open a file as root in TextEdit on Lion?

How do I open a file as root, in TextEdit? I've tried these commands as root, but TextEdit always say it's locked: open -e /etc/apache2/httpd.conf open -e -F /etc/apache2/httpd.conf open -e -F -W ...
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How to disable the most recently used items in App Exposé on Lion?

When using App Exposé on Lion ( Control-↓ by default), the lower part of the screen above the dock is reserved for minimized windows. A new feature of at least TextEdit in Lion is that it also ...
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Can TextEdit save as plain text?

When I try to save a new file in TextEdit, I always get a popup saying I can't save with ".txt" at the end of the file name. I want to save a plaintext file, but TextEdit insists on saving as .rtf ...
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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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Using TextEdit for HTML

I feel stupid for not being able to answering myself this... Is there a way to open a HTML file in TextEdit without it rendering the file but just showing it as source (and possibly edit it)?
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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".