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The built in text editor with Mac OS X. It started on NEXTSTEP, and was then included as a replacement to SimpleText when Mac OS X shipped. The project is also open source.

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Where is Metadata of Encoding in Plain Text Saved from TextEdit

TextEdit allows for plain text .txt files to be saved with a particular character encoding: Is there any meaningful change to the file's metadata and if so, how do you see it?
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Mac OS 10.15 TextEdit will not save edited documents “The document “1969 GREYHOUNDS email ref.txt” could not be saved”

The problem does not seem to occur on the machine hard drive (when saved to the desktop); only on mounted server drives. A variant on the message is: "The document “1969 GREYHOUNDS email ref test ...
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How can I stop macOS from converting three dots “…” to a single threedot character “…”? [duplicate]

note: the first set of three dots in the title is definitely three separate dots, and the second is one character when I select it during editing. However viewing the posted in Safari both select as a ...
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What happens when you paste an app into TextEdit?

In the past, I have pasted apps into TextEdit, which would show something like the following. I always thought that this was a convenient way to store app icons (as .icns files), in case I ever wanted ...
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Expected behavior of Textedit <Saving files> Encoding preferences

In TextEdit preferences, I keep <Opening files: Automatic>, and change the other setting to <Saving files: Unicode (UTF-16)>. What's the expected behavior of this setting? (Existing files ...
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How do I set the on-screen zoom level in OS X TextEdit?

I want to set the zoom level in TextEdit to a precise value so that the on-screen display has the same size as the printout. The "Zoom in" and "Zoom out" controls are too coarse ...
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recovering textedit crash

My laptop was low on ram and I just had a message saying that TextEdit crashed. TextEdit had multiple windows opened and I see that they are all gone, replaced with a single blank untitled RTF ...
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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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In Textedit, is there a way to save all open files at once?

In Textedit, is there a way to save all open files at once? As of now, I have to save them one-by-one. I wish there's a Save All option, or is there some hack-ish Way through the command line or ...
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Text Edit - Save RTFD as RTF

As per my understanding the file format RTFD > RTF > TXT file i.e. a text file can hold a subset of content and formatting compared to RTF and similarly RTF can hold a subset of content and ...
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Is there an app etc. that can save and restore the exact sizes and positions of windows?

Is there an app etc. that can save and restore the exact sizes and positions of windows on Mac? The use case I have is using TextEdit windows with one window corresponding a note type. I have one ...
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No single shortcut to go to end of file

I'm new to Mac (10.15.5) and so far figuring out shortcuts has not been a smooth journey. Usually on Windows I would use these - Home - Beginning of a line End - End of line Ctrl + Home - Beginning ...
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Find in all open TextEdit documents?

Is there any way to find a string in all open TextEdit documents (rather than just one document?) I have hundred plus such open documents, unsaved.
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Catalina - Textedit not allowing me to save files because I dont have permission

I was able to save fine in a work folder, but when I moved my textedit files to the desktop or any other folder it would tell me I can't save because i dont have permissions. I followed https://...
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How to stop TextEdit.app from adding extended attributes

I only recently discovered (yes, I'm late to the game) that TextEdit.app is adding extended attributes to any files I open in it. I had discovered this when I randomly had opened a shell script in it ...
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Recover deleted word document Help

I Had a word document which I'm unsure where it was stored. It said my desktop but I believe it was also in my icloud somewhere. I saved my work and then emailed it to myself, after emailing the work ...
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TextEdit problem after inst. Catalina

After installing Catalina, my in-built TextEdit doesn't work anymore, neither by clicking the icon nor from the application. It says The application “TextEdit.app” is not open anymore. Please advise ...
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Setting to open new TextEdit document window in center?

I use TextEdit regularly as a scratchpad and to open script outputs. Annoyingly, TextEdit insists on opening a new document window in the top left corner of the screen. Is there any setting I can ...
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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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Shortcut go to folder containing the file opened in TextEdit

I know that I could right click on the window title to have the folder path but the question is specifically to use a keyboard shortcut. Maybe is there a way through the creation of an Automator ...
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Writing AppleScript to change a TextEdit document from .rtfd file to .rtf

I am using TextEdit and need the document to save as a .rtf, but when I am copying and pasting the data over, since there are small images and thumbnails, it will always save as .rtfd. I am ...
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How to restore wrongly edited + wrongly saved TextEdit file?

Have an important text file, but I accidentally edited its content and accidentally closed it (auto saving it). Now I have a text file containing gibberish. How do I restore the previous version? ...
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Where can I find a reference for Apple's extensions to RTF format?

I was inspecting an RTFD file and I noticed it contained several Apple-specific directives. Where can I find a reference or explanation for all of these directives? Examples: \appleattachmentpadding0 ...
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File » Revert to Previous: Where are versions stored?

Over time you learn some tricks on your Macbook. TextEdit has this really neat feature, where it takes care of autosave and allows you to revert to nearly any prior edit stage of a document. Question:...
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TextEdit not closing without asking me for a file name

Previously, macOS using TextEdit and other apps allow blank documents to be edited and closing them without having to save the files, even for new files that were not giving a name yet. I have to ...
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Can we move lines in TextEdit?

Using TextEdit is there a key board shortcut to move the current line up/down? (similar to how code editors like Sublime Text works)
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Why does the font change after I paste an image in TextEdit?

Here is a simple sequence of actions in TextEdit in macOS 10.13.6 that produces an unexpected side-effect. I don’t understand why, and would like to know how to prevent it. Create a new document in ...
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macOS Catalina beachball appears when I use TextEdit or Preview apps

I have a MacBook with macOS Catalina 10.15.3 installed. I'm now noticing that whenever I open an image file with the Preview app, a beachball appears right about when I quit the app. Also, a ...
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Wrong line-drawing characters when write “tree” command output to file

Under macOS Catalina 10.15.1, Using the standard "tree" command (as supplied by MacPorts), if at the Terminal prompt I cd to a folder and then execute tree there, I get output like this: . ├── ...
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How to set a default application to open a file in mac?

In a mac (10.14.6) I want to set the default application to files of type 'err' (i.e. files like test.err or output.err) to be TextEdit. For that I follow the description given here, and set the ...
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Can any RTF editors have highlighting of tags and display line numbers

In MAC there is TextEdit used for viewing the RTF files. Is it possible to have an editor(TextEdit or something else) for RTF files which highlights bracket when the cursor is placed either on the ...
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What is the purpose of the scale at the top in TextEdit

What is the purpose of the scale at the top of TextEdit. What are various ways one can make use of that scale?
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How can I zoom in TextEdit without breaking word wrap/wrap to window?

I am using the TextEdit in the default mode i.e wrap to window mode for the rtf files. How do I zoom in(using 2 finger zoom gesture on trackpad) to view the text without breaking the wrap-to-window ...
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Always enable Smart Quotes in TextEdit?

I like smart quotes and curly quotes (unlike most people of the internet, apparently). I'm on macOS Mojave, Version 10.14.3. I have both of these preferences turned on: TextEdit preferences: System-...
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Way to read multiple text files in order using TTS?

I organize many text files by tags using the Finder tag system. Sometimes I want to have my Mac speak all of these files by some tag(s). Is there an easier way of going into each text file and ...
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How can I execute AppleScript from Textedit?

I have the following AppleScript code in a Textedit file: set the clipboard to (do shell script "date +%d/%m/%y") tell application "System Events" keystroke tab using command down keystroke "...
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How do I easily delete characters in a TextEdit document which I did not type?

I have typed a 2 page document using Apple's TextEdit on a Mid 2007 iMac running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. After closing in RTF format and later reopening, I saw many characters (backslashes, etc.) that ...
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Why can't I use Indian rupee symbol (₹) with Arial font?

I wanted to use Indian rupee symbol (₹) with Arial font, in TextEdit on macOS Mojave. However, whenever I select the text which includes that symbol and change the font to Arial in the dropdown, ...
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How do I disable autosave in TextEdit?

The old technique for disabling autosave and re-enabling traditional text editor behavior (i.e., NOTHING get saved unless one saves it EXPLICITLY) of defaults write com.apple.TextEdit ...
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AppleScript to perform actions to text in new TextEdit document

I need to make an AppleScript that would create a new TextEdit file, type any random text, then a table would pop up and give you two options to choose font of that text, then same with colour, save ...
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Spotlight solution stops TextEdit files opening

After running the solution for Spotlight re-indexing takes too long or doesn't work I can't save or open TextEdit files on any drive. I get the error: The document “anyfilename” could not be opened....
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TextEdit app is displaying wide borders at bottom and right corners

Suddenly the TextEdit.app is displaying wide borders on its bottom and right corners. How to revert it back so that the bottom and right borders are back to normal just like the left border?
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Text to PDF without losing/destroying the set tabs

I tried to print out a huge text file to a PDF file (DIN A4 landscape or A3 landscape). Unfortunately, every way I try, I always lose the formatting of the tabs I used for tabbing some tables with the ...
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How can one save a file as plain text in TextEdit? [duplicate]

I'm not seeing an option to choose plain text encoding (.TXT extension) when saving a file in TextEdit.app in macOS. My documents seem to all be rtf - rich text format. How can I change this?
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How can I create text-based aliases? (Local hyperlinks?)

I need to use deeply-buried files/folders on a hard disk at work. I can create aliases, which is helpful. An alias gives me an icon that I can double-click to open the original. But I would like to ...
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TextEdit can't save (or even autosave)

I'm running Mojave as an update from Sierra— things were easier so far until last week when TextEdit started to do a number on me by not autosaving when it normally should, and worse still, not ...
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Remove cosmetic margins from edge of TextEdit window?

Just opened TextEdit today and I see these strange margins: They kinda look like rulers only without the actual measurements, but turning off rulers doesn't make them go away. What are these, and ...
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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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Allow m3u files to be edited in TextEdit, saved, and used without a “is damaged and can't be opened” message

I am using OS X El Capitan. I edit the .m3u files that are playlists with TextEdit. After editing and trying to play the playlist files I receive the "is damaged and can't be opened" message. I can ...
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How to obtain a list of files contained in a folder (as a text file)

I have a huge folder containing musical scores and books (mainly in .pdf). I would like to create a text document (TextEdit will do just fine) which contains the complete list of the folder's content ...