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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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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 to mix Hebrew letters and Arabic numerals to render and sort correctly

Psallm 119 in the bible is very long.  I have it as audio and text and want to break it into smaller files. In the Music app, I want the title of each part to be "Psalm 119" followed by a ...
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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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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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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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