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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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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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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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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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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How to resize a photo in TextEdit? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...