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Questions tagged [text-editor]

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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Keyboard shortcut to scroll window up and down?

In Windows, there's a really useful keyboard shortcut for scrolling the current text editor window up or down by one line without moving the cursor. This appears to be implemented in the operating ...
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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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iPhone application to edit text files

I need to edit some local text files on my iPhone but so far, all the apps I have downloaded do not navigate the OS3 file tree for me to open, edit and save them. I need to do this on my iPhone as I ...
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Install SublimeHighlight plugin on Sublime Text 3

I'm trying to copy my code from Sublime Text 3 into my Word document in RTF format with colors in tact by using this plugin: https://github.com/n1k0/SublimeHighlight The instructions say: Sublime ...
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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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How to highlight variable names in TextWrangler in Unix Shell Script Syntax Highlighting

In TextWrangler I cannot find a way to have variable names in bash highlighted. I.e. I want to highlight all words in a different colour that start with $. In my Preferences I have selected to use a ...
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How do I start TextEditor from the command line?

I work a lot at the command line in a Terminal and would like to start a text editor on a certain file. I'm from Linux Land and normally use kwrite or gedit from a bash shell. Trying to find the Mac ...
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Text file preview failing in Finder (perhaps due to Sublime Text?)

I can no longer preview text files (e.g. .txt) in Finder. All I get is a preview pane showing a black square and TEXT. Other files such as .tex files show a normal preview of the contents just fine....
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2 Column Text plain text or markdown editor?

I'm looking for a text editor of some kind where it's split down the middle when editing 2 separate files. I'm trying to translate some text and it would be helpful if I could have English and its ...
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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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What's the best text editor for use with large files?

What are your recommendation for opening large text files on OS X? I found both BBEdit and Textmate to be struggling in this department.
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How do I edit a .plist file?

What's the best application to open and edit a plist file ?
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Tabs to spaces in BBEdit

How can I configure BBEdit to insert 4 spaces (or at least spaces up to the next column which is a multiple of 4)? I've checked "Auto-expand tabs" in the preferences, but it doesn't seem to be doing ...
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Text selection shortcuts for Finder different in macOS 10.14 Mojave

To test/reproduce: Open a Finder window with multiple tabs and highlight an item (file/folder). Then press return to begin editing the name of the item. On previous versions of macOS, the following ...
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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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Strange Clipboard behaviour on OS X El Capitan

I've been experiencing a very weird clipboard behaviour on my mac. This is my OS I'm a developer and every now and then I need to copy paste code, text or even files around. What I've been ...
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Text editor to search/replace newlines and tabs

A time-saving feature I often used while editing large text files (the kind used for batch processes of data exchanges, aka, "flat files" for feeds between multiple systems) was Notepad++'s extended ...
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Simplest way to capture “keystroke representation” to clipboard

I'm trying to create a cheatsheet for an application I use frequently. the cheat sheet will contain the shortcut keys so I can know what to type. Is there a simple way to capture keystrokes using Mac ...
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unable to indent / shift right multiple lines of text in textedit

New to mac and am not able to highlight and indent multiple lines of text using textedit. I see many solutions that seem to only apply to older version of OSX / text edit. Command + ] is ...
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Has anyone figured out a keyboard shortcut to globally strikethrough selected text in any OS X app?

We have ⌘B to bold, ⌘I to italicise, ⌘U to underline, but we don't (as far as I can tell) have a shortcut to strikethrough selected text in any OS X rich editor. I added a keyboard shortcut into ...
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Tab Stops in Text Editor & Default Word Wrapping

I have noticed in several applications that there appears to be some sort of implicit line width which causes text to wrap. For example, suppose I type in the following: ...
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Add an App to every “Open With” Menu?

Is there any way I can make it so one specific app always shows up in the "Open With" menu, in addition to all of the default options? I want to be able to right-click on a file, and in addition to ...
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How can I open a text file with TextWrangler from the Terminal (command line)?

Often when I work in the Terminal (the command line) I need to edit some text files. I prefer to edit text files using TextWrangler. How can I open a text file with TextWrangler from the Terminal? I ...
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Replace Text Edit as the default text editor

I've seen questions like this which don't quite solve my problem. I'd like to make Sublime Text 3 the default file viewer/editor for all files that currently use textedit. Most of these files can be ...
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Nedit stopped working on my iMac running High Sierra 10.13.4

I installed Nedit on my iMac this weekend. I used it several times and it worked fine. For some reason last night it quit working. When I type Nedit in the terminal window I just get the message ...
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Avoid the terminal process to close, after BBEdit runs a script

I use BBEdit to write and test Python scripts, and I usually run the scripts in a terminal process, with the "Run in Terminal" command. Is there a way to have the terminal process opened by BBEdit ...
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How to clean up emails when replying in plain text?

I have a problem that I want to solve after many years of using Mac OS X Mail.app... I generally like to send plain text emails that are full width (format=flowed) and nicely indented for quote levels....
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How do I insert a tab character in a Google Docs document on iOS?

I'm trying to insert a tab character in a Google "doc", from Google Drive on my iPhone. I have a list Item Thing and I need to insert an a. between 1 and 2 - usually accomplished by pressing the ...
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How to remove right side space in TextWrangler?

In TextWrangler, I have a lot of white area in the editor that goes right well past 100 characters. Then it continues into this gray area. That creates a huge horizontal scroll bar. I really only ...
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Indentation in index in Pages document

In my Pages document, I have a passage in my abbreviations list that looks as shown below: I'm not satisfied with the display of the first item, because on the second line the word inscriptions ...
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Visualize character glyph in Pages application

Is it possible to visualize a particular character (even if it's a special one) in a Pages document ? (I need it for a third-party doc I'm using, to know if certains spaces are just spaces, tabs or ...
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Why does Pages force me to waste the last line in the page?

In the short video below, I'm trying to place the "CIS 256" in a new line below the paragraph ending with "MLQRT". But Pages refuses, insisting that the last line in the page, just below "MLQRT", ...
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Is there a free, lightweight text editor that isn't text-only but also isn't a heavyweight IDE?

I'm not really satisfied with the text-editors available for Mac OS X. I tried TextWrangler, Smultron, Coda, SubEthaEdit, TextMate and others I do not remember. But none of the above satisfied my ...
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Integrate structured editor with Devonthink

I am trying to use Devonthink for more use cases than I did before. What is holding me back from making it my general note-taking tool is the editor situation, and I wonder if it can be improved. ...
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How can I view invalid characters in a file?

How can I view invalid characters in a (text) file? At the left is Notepad++ on a Windows machine. At the right is TextWrangler on a Mac machine. Notepad++ shows me what those invalid characters are, ...
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Weird bar in the bottom-left. What is that?

Sometimes, when I hit a combination of keys (I have not figured out which one) a weird bar in the bottom-left of a screen appears. I cannot get rid of it in any way. The screencast: https://youtu.be/...
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Overtype mode in Terminal.app

As a Linux/Windows user, I am used to switching temporarily to Overtype Mode when using the command prompt. As a new user to the Mac world, I do not know how to change text input mode from normal (i....
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Mac app for show all character features in notepad++

I am working in 2 environments (Mac & Windows). Once I have problem with invisible characters in Windows and notepad++'s "show all characters" feature helped me a lot in displaying the invisible ...
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How to set the default editor for a Makefile?

I want to set the default text editor for Makefiles to something like Atom or Sublime Text to make them easier to open, and so that when I edit remote Makefiles through CyberDuck they will open in one ...
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Mac OS X Word 2016 (version 15.24…) Changing Comments' Font Size

The problem is how to make the font size of the MS Word 2016 Comments bigger. There seem to be three obvious paths to a simple Comments font size change. However, when each method is attempted the ...
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IPhone app that allows search for string inside .js,.html files?

Is there any app that allows me search for string inside huge list of .js,.html,.php files without opening individual files?I have tried an app called Documents to no avail. (Just like Search for ...
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Looking for the ultimate IDE for Mac

I am a little disenchanted with development on the Mac right now. I need a single IDE that can handle all of my development needs. I did notice there are other questions on this topic already, but ...
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Text Editor on iOS that can edit files from any folder in Dropbox

Can anyone recommend an iOS text editor (iPad and iPhone) that can open arbitrary text files from Dropbox? I've used a few, but they tend to be restricted to a specific subdirectory of my Dropbox ...
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The Open With: application settings In Finder's Get Info sheet for a file type won't stay set

When I set "Open with:" from Finder's Get Info sheet for a file and click "Change All...", it will open in the designated app if I immediately open the file, but the application set for "Open with:" ...
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Editor or notes application with Markdown support?

Are there any editors or notes applications out there that support Markdown? I am often having to make notes or documents where markdown formatting would be ideal, and have gotten into the habit of ...
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Why does my mouse cursor stick as the default arrow instead of a text selector?

I use NetBeans, and when I activate other applications or windows then return to NetBeans, the cursor no longer changes to the text selection cursor, but instead it remains as the default mouse icon. ...
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BBEdit - Have the Sidebar closed by default

Currently whenever I open up BBEdit the Sidebar is open by default. The Sidebar is where it shows a list of files that were already open in BBEdit. I could shut it down by going to: View > Hide ...