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Formatting text on sonoma [duplicate]

I just "upgraded" to Sonoma, and discovered it no longer handles postscript files. I have a simple script to format text files: ENSCRIPT="--no-header --margins=36:36:36:36 --font=...
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Convert date to Unicode variant and emoji for iPhone

To cope with truncated WhatsApp when replying to chats, Late replying to chats that mention like yesterday or tomorrow. misleading when not replying on same day. I rather use date and time but run ...
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How to switch writing direction from right to left in Mac apps?

Writing in right-to-left languages on Mac apps I need to write in a right-to-left language, on my Mac computer. On my Windows computer, I used to press Control (⌃) + Right Shift (⇧) to switch the ...
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Is it possible to change the text size in the Open and Save dialog boxes?

In the Finder, I use the View Options to set the text size to 16. However, when I open and save files from within an application, the text size is much smaller. Is there any way to augment the size of ...
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Keynote slide with sound (interview) and synchronised scrolling text? Sound is about 4 minutes

I have a transcription of an interview (text, one line per sentence and SRT), as well as the sound file itself. I want to present this content as both text and sound, with the text scrolling upwards ...
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How do I add text beneath an image in Preview?

I'm using Preview on OS Big Sur. I would like to create a new image using a PNG file from my Desktop and having some text beneath it. I opened my PNG file, selected the markup tool, and then clicked ...
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What’s that coloured icon with an A inside it in text?

I have just upgraded my Mac to macOS 14 Sonoma, and noticed a little icon appearing in text if I wait long enough. The icon looks like this: with the colour depending on the application. It only ...
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I always send texts to my email for important information I need. I just realized they are not going to email. And no longer visible in text sents [closed]

So my sent texts have been deleted in my phone, although older messages remain. I have been sending texts samples to my yahoo email. It shows delivered but I can’t find them anywhere. I need those ...
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How can I identify and sort groups of text lines separated by a blank line?

I am sorting a large number of archived picture files where some are duplicated, and I want to remove the duplicates. I use the following shell script to get a list of dupes. fdupes -r -A /Users/...
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Problem using Numbers Regex.Extract function

I need help with the following Apple Numbers REGEX.EXTRACT formula that doesn’t return the word before a dot. Below are the text form of the arguments passed to the formula and the formula itself as ...
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How to disable autocorrection in Freeform?

I'm really annoyed with automatic capitalization in Freeform, for example here I tried to type "yes" 4 times before I finally got "Yes": Clicking that cross with mouse require you ...
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Old iPhone with wifi used like tablet

We recently gave our 10 year old son my old iPhone to use like an iPad. The iPhone is not activated so no cell service but has access to wifi. Why is he unable to text his grandparents who have ...
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How can I move my cursor to the next (or previous) whitespace char?

Let's say I have a block of text like My website iss https://www.example.com/123/456█, where █ represents where my cursor is. In vim, I could just hit B (as opposed to b) to go back a WORD (as opposed ...
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In Preview, how do I change certain text color to a different color on a PDF?

I'm using Mac Big Sur and I would like to change the certain selected text color on my PDF to a different color. I like Preview because it is a free application (open to other free applications). I ...
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Is there a way to use math symbols in TextEdit?

For example LaTex, or any other way to show mathematical symbols in TextEdit ? It's possible to use math symbols in LibreOffice and Microsoft Word, maybe the same is possible in TextEdit ?
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Where can I find a complete list of characters that are considered word boundaries in macOS?

When one double clicks words in macOS usually the entire word is selected. For example, double clicking the phrase "this_is_a_word" will select the entire phrase as a singular word, but when ...
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'Message Send Failure' to one contact from iPhone - have tried everything

I'm trying to send messages to my father's phone number (iPhone) but the 'Not Delivered' error is always being thrown back. Currently, iMessage is disabled but I've tried it enabled but, as suspected, ...
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How to double-tap to select a word?

Very frustrating problem. I have a new MacBook Pro/Ventura. I haven't been able to consistently double-tap to select a word. This occurs in all text applications. When I tap, the vertical bar ...
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How do I extract text from images in terminal?

I know how to extract text from images using preview.app, however I would like to use this feature from terminal to extract all the text from a bunch of images. I tried this using this method to apply ...
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Can I select unselectable text in Safari?

I am trying to copy and paste the dimensions of this box on the USPS website in Safari. For some mysterious reason, I am unable to do so. Is there a way to select this text without changing browsers?
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TextEdit Version 1.18 (Ventura) changed behaviour from 1.17 (Monterey)

In TextEdit Version 1.17 (Monterey) I can take a text list and drag/select an item all the way across into the white space at the end of the line. If I hit delete, the selected characters plus the ...
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How can I stop Messages app from using so-called "smart" quotes?

I have "smart" quotes turned off in my System Preferences, because I hate having a computer that thinks it is smarter than me, and it breaks so many things. But for some reason the Messages ...
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Prevent Outlook for Mac from selecting the entire word when selecting text?

How do I prevent Outlook for Mac (currently v16... but earlier versions too) from selecting the entire word when selecting text? This seems to be default Microsoft Office behavior. Word for Mac has a ...
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How to fix font size in Notes app when pasting from clipboard?

hope I can find some help. I'm a total newbie at AppleScript. I have put together a script that will copy the text I have highlighted on Safari, and paste it into a specific Note with just a keyboard ...
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Bash: Remove lines from text file starting after a matched row? (AppleScript ok)

I have these horribly formatted text files that look like this: Heading FIELD_DELIM TABS VIDEO_FORMAT 1080 FILM_FORMAT 35mm, 4 perf AUDIO_FORMAT 48khz FPS 24 Column Name Tape Start ...
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How to make macOS Siri voice read current pasteboard (clipboard) buffer?

While the System Preferences (Settings) → Accessibility → Spoken Content → Speak selection is useful, I would very much find it more useful to use Siri voices to read the current contents of the ...
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How do I convert UTF-8 encoded files to MacOS Roman and vice versa?

I'm editing some Japanese cue files, and testing them against Cog and VLC, but I noticed corrupted-like, obfuscated text inside the cue file. Cog seems to be able to read this text, but VLC shows the ...
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How to paste copied text without formatting [duplicate]

Text copied do clipboard with Command+C shortcut and paste with Command+V contains formatting. Some editors have a dedicated function that allows removing formatting. But when I'm composing an email ...
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How to make blinking vertical text cursor/marker more pronounced

I am writing a Master Thesis on my Mac. Unfortunately I have to use MS Word. The blinking vertical marker that shows where I am writing is not pronounced enough sometimes when there is a wall of text, ...
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(Pages) Keyboard shortcut to change colour of selected text

Is it possible to make a shortcut in Pages to change just the selected text (not entire paragraph or part with the same style) to any colour of choice? I am trying to achieve some sort of a quick ...
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How do I turn off the feature on my MacBook Air that highlights all texts when the mouse points to that text? [duplicate]

I am using macOS Catalina version 10.15.7. Everytime I move my mouse to any text, that text automatically gets highlighted in a display box. This is a very annoying feature. How can I turn this ...
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How can I open or read /textClipping files from early- or pre-OS X systems

I have text clippings (.textClipping) from various previous Mac systems ranging through System 8 and all the various OS X versions. On BigSur, these appear blank. On previous systems they also ...
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How does an iPhone decide on whether it should send a text to Messages or Android SMS?

I have an android phone and a Macbook for work, I set up Messages on my Mac with my email account so that I could join group chats with my family. Now when they try to text me individually it all ...
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macOS partially blurring text in mac apps on external display

This issue is distinct from Turn off blurring on Mac Book Pro with Retina display, because part of the text is crisp, part is blurry. After upgrading to Big Sur, I've noticed an odd blur effect ...
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SMS formatting rules for iPhone - numbers, phone numbers, tracking numbers [closed]

I'm looking for list of rules that iPhone applies on incoming SMS texts. Here's an example of message I have received: The first number in the text is postal tracking number. iPhone thinks it's a ...
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How to type superscript in iMovie?

I want to type superscript in iMovie to indicate a large number (like 10^50). I don't know how to do this if there's a way, so can someone please help? thanks.
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How to blur an image halfway/not fully in keynote?

I'm making a keynote presentation (animation, really) where there's an image on the slide. Next, after a few seconds, some text moves in on top of the image, and what I want is for that image to ...
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Automator: I want an Applescript to remove the first part of a file name, up to "-". Irregular number of characters before the "_"

Please, I need help to incorporate an Applescript that allows me to remove all characters before the "" (including first "". The files have several "_", but I only want ...
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Service to underline plain text with a line of dashes

I am looking for a text service that I can call from a plain text editor (BBedit for example) and will operate the following modification: Before: This is a line of text After: This is a line of text ...
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Can't open text file from Finder without extension even though execute flag is not set

Running Big Sur 11.3.1 I've got loads of text (UTF8) data files coming in from another Mac that I'd like to just double click or drag and drop to BBEdit or TextEdit. The files have no file extension ...
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Is there any native Mac OS X 10.15.3 keyboard layout that contains all ASCII characters plus č, ç, è, ǩ, ò, š, and ž?

I am creating a conlang that uses all ASCII characters plus č, ç, è, ǩ, ò, š, and ž. Is there any natively supported Mac OS X 10.15.3 keyboard that contains these special characters?
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Text substitutions for superscript and subscript

There is a way to individually create text substitutions on Mac for most applications, by going to System Preferences→Keyboard→Text and then creating text substitutions. For example, I've made the ...
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imessage going to receivers messanger or computer, not their phone

A couple of months ago my friend told me the text messages from my iPhone were going sometimes to her messenger and sometimes to her phone. I thought perhaps it was a technical issue on her part and ...
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Numbers: Possible to transpose Rows and Columns during Import of txt file?

I have a txt file which has 5,000 data points separated by commas. i.e. data123,data456,data17,data918,etc,etc If I open this txt file in Numbers, it creates each item as its own column, whereas I ...
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How can I send “text messages” from iPhone to Android with an email (not cellular) as the address?

Is there any way that would allow me to send a text message from my iPhone to someone who has an android phone. The person who has the android phone and doesn’t have a phone number but has an email ...
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Show videos, animations or text in Mac's touchbar

Given that the mac's touchbar is an actual display would it be possible to do things like display arbitrary text, a video or an animation in the touchbar? For example, what would it take to display a ...
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iPhone app to transfer text messages backed up in IMAP account to text messaging app (similar to Android's SMS Backup+)?

On my Android device I use an app called SMS Backup+. I think its pretty cool, it connects to my IMAP server and creates a folder to store all the text messages and phone calls as a backup. I can ...
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Can print graphics, but no text to Canon printer

This has stumped me. Printing was working normally before. I wrote a document in Pages with text, and one horizontal divider line. I printed it, and only the line printed. After that point, I could ...
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Can I make Reminders text bigger on Big Sur? [duplicate]

Every year I ask the same question on a new macOS: can I make Reminders text bigger? I guess it's still impossible on Big Sur too. Isn't so strange that Reminders app has such small text (smaller than ...
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iPhone: turning off default text tone also turns off contact text tones

I used to be able to turn the default text message tone to none and set the text tone for specific contacts so that I'd only hear texts from my contacts. This no longer seems to work. Turning off the ...
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