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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TextEdit plain text tab distance

I just updated to El Capitan (from Yosemite) and I noticed a problem in TextEdit, plain text mode. My tab distance is set to 8 characters, and I think it's the default. Every time there's a tab ...
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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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Tab showing as line break in Text Edit

In one of my rtf files, a certain line begins with the number "126" in boldface. When I place the cursor at the very beginnning of the line, before the 1 and press the Tab button, the unexpected ...
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Adding GREPs to TextEdit

I was wondering if it is possible to augment TextEdit to have GREP like features (auto style words from a reference list), or at least if a script can be run that would periodically find/replace the ...
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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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El Capitan, or earlier TextEdit editing

A long-standing question: how does one move or delete default tabs in TextEdit -- on ALL lines of document. In other words, if I want to move the tab for all the lines in a document, rather than ...
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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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Are there keyboard 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 ...
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Quotes problem in Mavericks (or TextEdit)

TextEdit in Mavericks changes the standard double quotes "Hello" to using curly, non-ascii quotation marks “Hello”. It does this even when you edit plain text documents. Is there a way to prevent ...
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How to use find and replace to replace a character with new line

I have a document, I wants to use the find and replace to convert any period (.) into a new line. I can't seems to of that, in Microsoft word you can input ^ CTRL+p into the replace field. But how do ...
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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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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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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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Read/Edit Textedit icloud files on an iPad [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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? I run OS X 10.9.4
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...