How do I create a link in TextEdit on MacOSX that will let me open an external application?

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    "External" as in same hard disk or volume? Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 11:41
  • Yes, that's not clear. I just meant another application - i.e. not another copy of TextEdit. Nothing to do with hard disk or volume.
    – Snowcrash
    Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 12:00

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Doing TextField / Edition / Edit Link (Add Link if you've got any text selected)or Command+K, will let you add an Hyperlink.

Typing file:// before the application's file path will give you a bluish clickable text, which, on click, will open the file path. Here's how it should look like:


It won't open the Application, but will open a new Finder window with the item already selected.

  • Shame you can't actually open an application but this does help.
    – Snowcrash
    Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 11:58

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