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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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It is in TextEdit help - search for HTML

If you open an HTML file and don’t see the HTML code, TextEdit is displaying the file in the same way a browser would. You can choose to display the file’s HTML code instead.

To display the code in an HTML file:

Choose File > Open.

Select “Ignore rich text commands.”

Locate the file and click Open.

To always view the code in HTML files, choose TextEdit > Preferences, click “Open and Save,” and then select “Ignore rich text commands in HTML files” below “When Opening a File.”

So it seems you have to choose before opening the file.

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    Looks like you can make that a permanent setting TextEdit -> Preferences... and then click the 'Open and Save' tab and you'll see a checkbox to check to turn on 'Ignore rich text commands in HTML files' when opening a new file. – Ian C. Mar 18 '11 at 17:03
  • Yes I meant that you have to choose that in preferences or on opening file - so both before/on opening and not when you have it open – Mark Mar 18 '11 at 17:07
  • Thanks, great! It's a bit like choosing the way the file is encoded. – DaG Mar 18 '11 at 17:10
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Use the T key combination to render the document you're viewing as plaintext instead of WYSIWYG.

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    Thanks, but this just strips fonts etc. from the file, but does not show the html source (tags etc.). – DaG Mar 18 '11 at 15:52
  • Until now, that's the best I thought you could get with TextEdit. – Ian C. Mar 18 '11 at 17:03
  • Yes, and I appreciate it. I didn't downvote you! – DaG Mar 18 '11 at 17:09
  • @DaG: down votes don't really worry me. :) – Ian C. Mar 18 '11 at 17:45
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Looks like you can make that a permanent setting TextEdit -> Preferences... and then click the 'Open and Save' tab and you'll see a checkbox to check to turn on 'Ignore rich text commands in HTML files' when opening a new file.

–from old comment by Ian C

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    This would make a great edit to Ian’s answer above :) except it’s in the other high voted answer, no? – bmike May 27 '18 at 20:21

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