New to mac and am not able to highlight and indent multiple lines of text using textedit.

I see many solutions that seem to only apply to older version of OSX / text edit.

Command + ] is functionless in text edit.

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    Not sure that is an option anymore, you may have to go elsewhere as Apple, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to remove that feature. Only a cynic would add "to make certain app developers happy." I am not such a person. – Steve Chambers Jul 2 '18 at 23:53

I don’t think this feature or function is coming back to TextEdit on 10.14 so I’d look to another editor if you need this super useful feature.

I’m a big fan of vi or more technically correct vim in the terminal since it’s free and included with each and every Mac (and because my initial learning curve for that peculiar editor is behind me). If you want a more graphical and super powerful free text editor - go get BBEdit which allows free usage of the core editing functions after the free trial of the licensed portion expires:

You’ll spend a little time getting either of these set up, but if you indent regularly - text edit isn’t worth all the time you’ll waste on it without more powerful features. I think the new Xcode beta has this feature from watching the 2018 WWDC videos, but I don’t think that’s released to non-paid developers quite yet.

Also, I would recommend spending a good amount of time learning the bookmark functionality on macOS in terminal app to get the full benefit (or choose and use tmux / screen / docker) to extend and run linux as needed if the Apple tools aren't making you feel super productive to edit and work from the command line (like the command open . to open a finder window from the current working directory).

  • brand new to OSX, but not brand new it unix! did not know VIM came standard. ill make them move over to that. – e wagness Jul 3 '18 at 16:40
  • @ewagness OK - then I'll edit a couple more resources. Terminal bookmarks either are the best thing ever or people won't use them. Glad that will work for this case - super powerful editor even though many of the command shortcuts have an EMACS heritage... (ducks and covers) – bmike Jul 3 '18 at 17:18
  • Or vim's arch nemesis nano – JBis Jul 3 '18 at 18:26

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