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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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Emoji shortcut changed [duplicate]

Since I updated to the new MacOS Sonoma when I am on YouTube and want to put in an emoji the function key with the round circles no longer works. It only brings up a very small square thing. I have to ...
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How can I revert the redesigned strange-looking text cursor after a Sonoma upgrade?

An issue I noticed is that there is a funny cursor locator blinker when using TextEdit app in the new Sonoma MacOS version. It is now an orangey colour and slightly wider. Awful aesthetics. How do I ...
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How do I make TextEdit open documents in a new window in Sonoma?

I've just got a new iMac, running Sonoma. My old iMac was running Catalina. When I open an .rtf document while another document is also open in TextEdit, it opens the second document in a new tab in ...
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Cannot set default file associations for .xml files

I'm on MacOS Ventura. I use it for work so MS Office is installed. No matter what I do, XML files seem to always want to open with MS Word. I want them to open with another app. I'm using TextEdit as ...
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TextEdit disables menu when selected text has different fonts/styles

Prior to Sonoma, when using TextEdit (virtually always editing rich text docs), I could select any text and add/remove a style to whatever styles were present in the text. For example, if I had a ...
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macOS Sonoma (14.1) Native text apps - Mail, Notes and TextEdit - autocomplete in US English (I'm in the UK)

This issue affects all native text apps (Notes, TextEdit, and Mail). It does not affect Safari. Nor does it affect Notes and Mail on iPadOS (17.1) (that's still in the UK). Only autocorrect works in ...
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How do I change the TextEdit document background color in macOS Ventura?

Since updating from Mojave to Ventura, some of my TextEdit documents no longer have a background color and some do. I'd like to set a background color again. Apple mentions, in the Ventura TextEdit ...
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How can I change the Main Menu name of a copy of TextEdit.app?

I am trying to create a duplicate TextEdit.app to be able to have open a very specific set of TextEdit files, not affected by other TextEdit files that may or may not be in use. I can simply copy ...
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How to make TextEdit open with most recent file by default? [duplicate]

Yes, I can see the list of recent files. I would like it to open the most recent file automagically. I don't see an option for this in TextEdit > Preferences.
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TextEdit won't open text files

Problem almost an exact opposite of Textedit opens every Textedit file Starting today—has never happened before—neither open -e (file) in zsh nor File→Open… in TextEdit will open any text files! No ...
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Automator: Error when running a Word Count service in TextEdit

I followed a brief step-by-step guide for adding word count functionality to TextEdit. Note that the guide instructs: "It will ask you to choose a type for your document; click Service". ...
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File with no extension will be opened by TextEdit by default. How do I change that?

File with no extension will be opened by TextEdit by default. For example, in terminal run open ~/.ssh/known_hosts will open TextEdit to edit known_hosts These files are normally just text file so I ...
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An Automator or AppleScript to convert TextEdit documents into Apple Notes

I have an awfully bad habit of working with 100s of open TextEdit files on my macOS desktop, dropping in various bits of content I find or thoughts that I want to keep every day, I've been doing it ...
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Can I make the toolbar buttons in TextEdit bigger?

The toolbar buttons at the top of TextEdit windows are extremely small compared to every other app that uses a toolbar (e.g. Finder). Is there any way to make these buttons bigger without changing my ...
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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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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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Opening file in TextEdit to a specific line using command line?

How do I open a file in TextEdit to the beginning of a specific line (specified by line number), using the command line?
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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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TextEdit’s "Orientation Layout"

Just discovered a very nice feature of Services on the context menu.  In TextEdit, selecting Orientation Layout→Vertical rotates the text and characters 90° clockwise, keeping the window geometry the ...
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How to debug applescript when an Application's class methods don't respond

In Applescript, I'm trying to change which text editor I'm using. TextEdit works fine, providing the document name, and it opens in MacVim. However, when I try the exact same get path of document 1 ...
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Text editing that leaves no traces

I'm looking for a foolproof way to edit a text file and be certain that the application or mac OS doesn't save a copy of the content, e.g. through some autosave function, or caching. The reason being ...
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Why can't I replace all when TextEdit is in plaintext mode?

For some reason, when I switch TextEdit to plaintext mode, the find and replace menu changes, so if I want to "replace all" I have to manually hit replace a bunch of times, or flip it into ...
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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 start TextEdit with a new document right away?

Normally when I click on TextEdit or use Spotlight to open it, I'll have to click on "New Document". However, I notice some Mac start TextEdit with a new document right away. How did people ...
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Extract open, unsaved documents from TextEdit that is running from RAM content when it is in non-responsive state?

I know how to find unsaved TextEdit documents ordinarily. However, my computer's hard drive ran out of space and I have many open that are not autosaved anywhere as a result. I was using another app (...
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How can I open a private key generated in Keychain Access in TextEdit?

I'm going to generate a key pair on this tutorial but I cannot open the generated private key in TextEdit. I already enabled "Allow all applications to access this item" from "Get Info&...
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Pasting UTF-8 into Terminal (zsh) does something weird [closed]

Is there an environmental setting that makes pasting text into Terminal work differently from typing it in directly? I reported this as a bug, but maybe there's some environmental setting.  After the ...
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How can I paste colored text to textedit?

I'm gathering notes from my Javascript class and everything I cut and paste to TextEdit converts to black text. I've tried Rich text, plain text, Paste and Match style, multi-key combinations found ...
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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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TextEdit freezes on opening files via "open" menu (Monterey on MBP 16" 2019)

TextEdit freezes every time while trying to open a file from the menu File->Open (or CMD + O) or via menu File->Recent files. But if I open a file from the Finder (by simply clicking on it) ...
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Is it a bug for zsh to run a quarantined script? [closed]

Update: I am not going to delete the question although it is useless. The answer is, Yes, it would be a bug, but zsh doesn’t do that. I screwed up writing the details. A quarantined script can be ...
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TextEdit saves changes to file without prompting when you duplicate

I opened a file and modified the contents, then selected duplicate meaning to save the duplicate as a new file. I closed the original, expecting rekect the prompt to save changes... instead it closed ...
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Textedit opens every Textedit file

I have a MacBookPro from mid 2009 with OSX 10.11.6 El Capitan, and can't update the OS because of the "old" hardware, and can't access the App Store anymore, anyway; however, it does all I ...
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Parsing text, "line by line", with automator

I'm very new to programming so pardon me if this is a very simple question, but I'm trying to create an automator workflow where the variable would change with each loop, pulling the inputs from a ...
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Script to open textedit every day with the filename being that day's date?

I'm trying to run a script that will run at the same time every day and create a new textedit file with the filename being that day's date. I've tried using automator but it doesn't provide options ...
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How to get TextEdit to save with a ByteOrderMark?

I've saved files with different encodings using TextEdit. After closing the file, with a vim editor, I open the file and type the following to test for the existence of a byte order mark: :setlocal ...
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How to use ESC key to exit full screen mode on TextEdit?

I'm trying to change the ESC key on TextEdit to use it to exit full screen mode. It's a shortcut I find very convenient in many other parts of the OSX environment, like for folders or on other apps (...
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TextEdit not responding after zooming in

Recently, i noticed TextEdit on macos bigsur(M1 chip) taking more than 3GB ram and is not responding after I try zooming in. Even though my .txt wasn't very big(just 4KB, barely 50 lines of text). ...
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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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Changing character encoding from Unicode to Ascii

I need to convert the character encoding in some text files created by a third-party app on my MBP Catalina 10.15.6. I'm in unfamiliar waters here, so please indulge my ignorance. Also, please note ...
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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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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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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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