Using TextEdit is there a key board shortcut to move the current line up/down? (similar to how code editors like Sublime Text works)

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    To be succinct: No. BareBone's app BBEdit has this feature.
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Feb 12, 2020 at 18:33
  • @IconDaemon - I feel sure this should be an answer [with appropriate fleshing-out], not a comment .
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Feb 12, 2020 at 19:37
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    BBEdit is also $50..Sort of pricey for an editor. I know it does a lot but if you are just typing notes or memos or papers it's pretty expensive.
    – Natsfan
    Commented Feb 12, 2020 at 20:06
  • Isn't there an emacs shortcut that could do this? Emacs is not my editor of choice, so I am not fluent with it, but it seems like there would/could be one.
    – Allan
    Commented Feb 12, 2020 at 20:12
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    BBEdit is free, only the advanced features need a license. I hate to snipe it as an answer, it really will help people as a proper answer, paid or not. barebones.com/products/bbedit/comparison.html
    – bmike
    Commented Feb 13, 2020 at 1:49

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According to @IconDaemon there is no key combination to do this. A possible workaround is to select a word or phrase, or line that you want to move and while holding the mouse button down you can drag the selection elsewhere in the file.

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