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A software program that provides tools for writing computer programming code, as opposed to the word processor, which is designed to facilitate writing prose and displaying typography.

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default Nano Editor in MacOS is scrambling text display, not displaying text correctly with both bash and zsh. How to debug and fix?

I am running MacOS Big Sur 11.7.9. Recently my nano editor stopped displaying text correctly using bash or zsh, and it scrambles text and doesn't properly display text. How can I debug and fix this ...
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iOS Text editor with non-blinking caret

I would like to do some light text editing on my iPad. I would like to do it in an app that has a caret (the vertical line at the text insertion point), but in which the caret does not blink. I ...
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When I open Mac TextEdit, it opens all the unsaved files previous open. How do I get it to open with no files? [duplicate]

I have found many solutions to clearing the recent files in File:Recent menu, but this is a different issue. When you launch TextEdit, it automatically opens all previously open, unclosed (potentially ...
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Enabling autosave on Sublime Text Editor

I am using the Sublime editor on Mac. But I have to manually save the file. And when the editor is closed it asks whether to save the file or not. Is there a way to make it behave like Notepad++? ...
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How to make a file open in text-editor if no default application is selected? [duplicate]

I use files with various extensions, some of which are even prefixed, like "c3.filename", "s.filename", etc. On clicking a file, I want it to open in my default text editor (emacs) ...
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What is the use case for textedit in 2023? [closed]

I think the main usage of textedit is to edit RTF file as that is the default format textedit uses to save files. But even Microsoft doesn't seem to use RTF format anymore, "Microsoft has ...
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What is the format req'd for file paths in the terminal s.t. CMD + mouse click opens the file?

I have configured this in the past, and sometimes it works...or not with various linting tool printouts. For example, some file output might be: foobar/thisorthat/thing.py:123 And if it prints out ...
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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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Is it possible? Right-Click in Finder folder should launch a vi editor in that folder

I often find myself wanting to use the vi editor (vim) to add a text file in an open finder window (directory). I strongly dislike using TextEdit since it often mangles my text file. Currently I need ...
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Free WYSIWYG Markdown editor

I've been using Typora as a Markdown editor when it was free (during beta), but now it's pay for use and I want to find an equivalent, free (preferably open source) tool. My requirements: free (...
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Make Sublime Text (or any other editor) default text editor on macOS Ventura

I like using Sublime Text as my text editor. The only issue is that whenever I have an unrecognized file type (which happens quite frequently), double clicking on it tries to open it in TextEdit, ...
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Sublime don't open files when I use "Always open with" marker on Mac OS

I have an error when I am trying to open csv files with turn on "Always open with" Error: “file.csv” is damaged and can’t be opened. You should move it to the Bin. When I don't use marker &...
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Command + Tab not working properly on Magic Keyboard

I am using an external Magic Keyboard to code on a text editor. Currently I am using the VS Code. I need to frequently switch applications and for that I use a shortcut Cmd+Tab. Whenever I am on 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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Is there a pre-installed GUI text editor that can edit html files without entering WYSIWYG mode?

I'm looking for something similar to windows notepad. textEdit exists, but opening a *.html file with it will instantly treat the code as rich text and add a bunch of other markup to the document the ...
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how to open all text file type without extension in bbedit on monterey [duplicate]

I have read quite a few posts on the subject but nothing work on monterey. Most of the posts are old and the recently suggested "SwiftDefaultApps-master" does not install on my mac or is ...
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Sublime Text Multilingual Unicode Rendering

I've been using Sublime Text for years and noticed that the rendering of Devanagari unicode characters doesn't work. Has anyone figured a way to make this work? I haven't noticed any problem rendering ...
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How to completely and mercilessly remove Emacs keybindings?

Not your average keybinding question... Is there any way to completely and without mercy remove or unset the Emacs keybindings on the Mac? After much research I come to you with a problem and what I ...
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Possible to change Messages up/down key behaviour?

In most single-line text edit fields, pressing ↑ moves the cursor to the start of the line, and pressing ↓ moves the cursor to the end. But in the Messages app, the behaviour is slightly different; it ...
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HTML on USB stick can not be rendered after editing

I received a bunch of HTML files recently on a USB stick (FAT32), which were created on a Windows system, but with LF-line endings. I checked them in my browser (Firefox) on MacOS 10.14, and since on ...
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Iterm2 Text Stacking on Itself

I cannot figure out how to fix my iterm2 window. The text is simply overlapping itself when the window is anything except maxed out: Of course, I can't use iterm2 like this, so fixing would be great. ...
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Keynote slide editing, Plus-sign on text box, how to AUTOMATICALLY Resize?, and does it have limits?

I already know that, when editing a text box, if a plus sign (+) appears in the bottom center, then it's warning you that there's more text that you're not seeing, that's fine. And yes, I know how to ...
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Shortcut to return the cursor to the beginning of the word in text editor

I know the shortcut to return to the beginning/end of the line but I'm looking for an alternative to Ctrl+(left/right)Arrow in Windows to go back to the beginning/end of the word.
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How to close the search bar of TextEditor?

The search bar appears by pressing Cmd+F, but how can I close it?
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Text editor for maths unicode symbols on iPad

I have an iPad Pro 2020. I am looking for a text editor which allows me to easily type in some standard maths characters in Unicode: Greek letters, arrows, etc. On a laptop, for example with Sublime ...
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Running two apps side by side with preferences?

I've read on here about running two Safari instances side by side, but for running two versions of an app side by side, is this possible on OS X other than using a VM? In my case, it's Big Sur, latest ...
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Cannot run Sublime Text using ./subl

I downloaded Sublime Text 4107 zip file. Unzipped it in a folder and tried running it using ./subl command but no matter what I try it shows ` “Sublime Text 15-33-10-536” is damaged and can’t be ...
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How can I edit and run Apple Script with an editor other than Script Editor?

I've recently been writing more AppleScript, now that Apple has added Javascript support. But how can I edit and run Javascript Automation code in an editor other than the built-in Script Editor? My ...
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Fixed tab-spacing for TextEdit on Mac

Is there a way to set a fixed number of spaces for a tab indent? If not, can someone recommend a program that is simple like TextEdit, but also does have fixed tab spacing?
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Replace TextEdit as the default text editor in MacOS Big Sur

I just never want TextEdit to be opened, and instead set sublime as the default editor for all plain-text files. So not only files with *.txt extension. For older versions than Big Sur the following ...
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MacBook pro 16" - Big Sur - find config file to change the speed of horizontal scrolling speed

On my MacBook pro 16", I would like to find out where is the parameter that controls the speed of horizontal scrolling with trackpad (if it is possible). Indeed, I am using some different editors ...
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How to get the line number in TextEdit [duplicate]

Is it possible to get or display the line number in TextEDit in macOS Big Sur? As I am using the editor for HDL (Hardware Descriptive Language) coding. If it's not possible, could you point me to an ...
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How to return a list of all text editors via terminal?

Is there a way to return a list of all the installed text editors via the command line? I think (I can't test to confirm) this answer inadvertently gives the equivalent for ubuntu: sudo update-...
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Why "sudo nano" can bypass csrutil / SIP when enabled and other apps can't?

Initial statement I was installing open source ntfs-3g on my mac (Catalina). At some point, while crsutil was enabled (i.e. System Integrity Protection was on) , I had to modify one line in the ntfs-...
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Getting AppleScript function to pass string correctly

Someone please help me here and show me how to get this to work. I've checked examples on returning values from functions with this AppleScript, but something I am missing here. I'm trying to get the ...
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Disable all Mac system keyboard shortcuts whilst using nano

I want to use nano on the terminal, however the built-in system keyboard shortcuts constantly conflict with the usability of the program. Is there a way in which I can set a system option to disable ...
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Text encoding problem with old files not newly created ones

MBA running 10.13.6 I keep a lot of plaintext Notes in a shared DropBox folder, synced between an iMac (also 10.13.6) and my MBA. The programs I use to access those notes (The Archive and nvALT) ...
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How make BBEdit Color Scheme follow system dark mode setting

BBEdit has an awesome setting to make the application appearance match the selected editor color scheme – so when selected, if you select a dark color scheme in Preferences, it puts the app's chrome ...
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Emacs-like navigation to beginning/end of sentence in text

I think it is a really big advantage of macOS over other operating systems that it supports a lot of Emacs navigating keyboard shortcuts out of the box. (^ ControlP, ^ ControlN, ^ ControlK, ^ ControlY,...
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Tool to perform MULTIPLE regex replacements on text

It's often been the case that I've wanted to a) perform a series of regex replacements on some text in a specific order, and b) save this replacement to use for later. However, despite the purported ...
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Change text color while writing

I am writing scripts and I need to separate actual text from comments by color. For example the code is in black, and the comments are in red. **writeln('this one should be BLACK');** *this is a ...
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Is there a great text editor for iPhone and/or iPad with BBEdit-style text filters and PCRE search/replace?

Overwhelmingly, the reason I turn to my computer instead of using my phone with an external keyboard and the reason I gave up using an iPad is to be able to use BBEdit. Is there a reasonably full-...
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restore last session of my text editor

I am looking for text editor which can reopen all my saved/unsaved tabs that was there in the last session before my mac got restarted or text editor got closed unexpectedly. I always have my text ...
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How to change the default text editing app in Quick Look? [duplicate]

I want to customize which app is used to open all unknown plain text files from Quick Look. For example, for extension-less VERSION file, Quick Look shows Open with TextEdit: I'd like to make VSCode ...
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Mac Os 10.13.6 started to reopen all previously opened windows of various applications

I use VSCode as my main text editor, and Sublime Text 3 also. I don't know what happened, but today my OS decided to show me all ever opened windows of my text editors when I start them from command ...
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I need to examine an 82.7 GB (!) text file. What can open it?

We recently had a meltdown of a Tomcat server, that produced an 82.7 GB "catalina.out" log file, which I saved for forensic analysis. What macOS editors can open monster text files without consuming ...
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How to return back to the default view of pages in Pages?

I've screwed something up with a settings and I cannot go back to the defaults. How to return back to the default view of displaying pages (page under page) instead of having them diagonally or page ...
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Files display only ^@^@^@^@

I have some files I was hoping to open and look at. I usually open files of the same extension them on a server in a UNIX environment. These files as far as I can tell have been plain text but ...
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Horizontal scrolling on nedit with trackpad under XQuartz - MacOS Catalina

I use sometimes the nedit editor with XQuartz on my MacBook pro. Everything works fine except the fact that I can't do horizontal scrolling with trackpad of the content of the file opened with nedit. ...
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