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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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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 Up moves the cursor to the start of the line, and pressing Down moves the cursor to the end. But in the Messages app, the behaviour is slightly different;...
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Folder full of text files set to the wrong encoding, how to fix?

I downloaded a ZIP made on the PC that contains two folders filled with a small number of small ASCII text files containing 6502 assembler code. The files were saved as Windows Latin 1, and when I try ...
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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 a .mobileconfig file that is stored on my iPhone locally?

I have a .mobileconfig file (configuration profile) that is stored on my iPhone locally. I need to change a password inside this file and thus do not want to send it over a network. I don't have ...
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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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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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Magnification glass doesn't come up anymore when moving text cursor?

When I type, say if I want to move the cursor to some position back to do the edit, I would hold the finger down and then it will display a magnification glass that was very handy to use to move the ...
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Catalina duplicates files open in text editors after restart

Problem: After macOS update to Catalina, when the computer shuts down with a text editor open (VSCode) or IDE (webstorm and the likes), it automatically generates files adding a 2 . eg index.html ...
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"Waiting for your editor to close the file" when trying to use Sublime Text 3 as Git editor

I'm trying to use Sublime Text 3 as Git's editor. I ran this: sudo ln -s /Applications/Sublime\ Text.app/Contents/SharedSupport/bin/subl /usr/local/bin/subl Then this: git config --global core....
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How to set Xcode as core.editor in git?

My current git config core.editor returns dreamweaver which I set up two years ago from inside the app(IIRC), and now I don't use it. I am receiving error while amending the author of the last commit. ...
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Vim-like clipboard manager with multiple buffers

I am looking to expand the capabilities of my clipboard. I've grown attached to how vim does it; multiple discrete buffers you can 'yank' (copy) text into. I also generally prefer to use the mouse ...
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How do I insert the cursor after the last word (that is misspelled)?

Latest iOS, using Safari. I am often writing a post on SE and the last word I left off on is a misspelling. For instance ... so I definitely prefer QO to Homeline. * The misspelled word ...
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Notepad++ alternative with the ability to search in folder [duplicate]

I am looking for an alternative program on macOS, like Notepad++ with two abilities: To write and edit program code, and Search specific string in a folder full of text files.
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BBEdit: find / replace in selection

Is there a way to find and replace a word only in the selected text in BBEdit? For example, if I have a large document, is that possible to select only one function which the matching words will be ...
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How do you cope with tons of web fonts when copying and pasting from web pages?

Whenever I copy something from the web and paste it in my Mail or Evernote, or Apple Notes, it always brings the text style from the page and inserts those weird looking fonts in my mail, or notes. ...
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How to make sublime text the default file viewer for all file types it supports

I want sublime text to open all the file types it supports. For e.g., if I double click on .hpp file, Xcode tries to open it. I want sublime text to open the file. I've looked at RCDefaultApp, but it ...
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BBEdit Code Completion and other features found in Textmate

Sometime back in the early 2000s I switched from BBEdit to TextMate, but now it seems TextMate gets to be long in the tooth while the good folks at BareBones are still at it. The most convenient ...
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change default editor for command line tasks?

I want to create a cron job. Launching a terminal window, and entering crontab -e opens my current crontab, but opens it in the editor vi. I would prefer to use the nano editor. How do I configure ...
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Blank lines appearing in a CSV exported from Excel, only on 1 Mac, other Macs don't see them

My colleague and I both use Macbook Pros on the latest Mac OS. He exports CSV files from MS Excel for Mac and sends them to me, but when I receive them I open them in a text editor and there are ...
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WebStorm IDE: How do I put the caret/cursor at the end of every line in a selection?

In Sublime Text, there's a feature that you can select a block of text and hit Command + Shift + L and it places a cursor at the end of each of those lines. I am looking for something similar in ...
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Edit text file in a folder owned by a different user on macOS? I have system admin password

How can I access and edit a text file found in a folder owned by another user? I am in the original user account setup for this macOS Mojave installation, and have the system admin password. So I ...
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