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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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TextEdit app always opens with File Open dialog

Every time I open my TextEdit app it starts with the File Open dialog open. How do I stop this?
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Save file to hidden directory with standard OS X save dialog

Using TextEdit, when I try to save example.txt to some hidden directory, for example ~/Library, I can't because save panel doesn't show them. The only way I found was to save file to non-hidden ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...