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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Text Edit does not allow to store the file?

I have a mac system. I am using its "TextEdit" software. I have opened a blank untitled document. Now when I save this in a particular folder with name "InitialScope", it does not allow me? Why? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...