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 and highlight text.

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  • I'm assuming that by "a pattern", you mean when you search for some text, and it highlights the matches? – ryebread Jan 13 '16 at 6:18
  • Yes. For my example I was using an actual pattern with "Any Word Characters" but same issue as with just using text. – Berry Blue Jan 13 '16 at 6:58
  • Can you, pls, show screenshot? I tried to make what you wrote here and still have 'Make lower case' available in menu. What's not working for you? – Denis Rasulev Jan 13 '16 at 7:26
  • I added a screenshot. I'm creating a pattern to highlight matches. – Berry Blue Jan 13 '16 at 8:03

You can't, as the 'selected text' is your search parameter, not your document contents.

You'd need to use Replace & set your desired capitalisation change in there - for which you could copy paste into replace & use the very function you're trying to use in the main text.

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