Questions tagged [textedit]

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 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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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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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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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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TextEdit print to pdf failure in RemoteViewServices

I just started getting "error while printing" printing to a pdf from textedit (i.e. Print > PDF > Save as PDF ...). This has worked in the past (for years), though a web search indicates it's a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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.docx file edited in TextEdit once, lost all footnotes

I used TextEdit to quickly add two sentences in my .docx file. Before I could react, the file was overwritten and I could not get the previous version of this file, as it was on my USB key. ...
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Stop textedit from blocking

I followed the instructions here: Stop TextEdit to iCloud Save defaults write -g NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false However, after a period of time, Textedit reverts back to blocking when ...
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Textedit file missing, How to recover?

I have been working on my scenario for a week on textedit, and this morning while I was making correction my file disappeared, while the other textedit files that were open remained on-screen. I can'...
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TextEdit can't save RTF documents on 10.14.6: “The plug-in returned an error”

I wrote an RTF document in TextEdit and I get errors when I try to save. In fact, I can't use TextEdit to save in any other format but TXT, all return the same, vague error. I think I pinpointed it ...
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Textedit, Pages, Numbers all crashing

Out of the blue this morning all these apps are hanging on the most basic operations, I can't open anything with Numbers, Pages I can create a new document and type a couple of line and that wont save,...
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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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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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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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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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Why does the path sometimes contain icons in Open Recent? Has anyone else even seen this?

Sometimes when I use Open Recent in the File menu of TextEdit, the path appears as a long trail of icons. Often (as shown below) it is doubled, identical on two lines. This seems to happen ...
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Cannot make text italic in TextEdit (but bold and underline work fine)

I've never seen this strange thing before. I am working on a new TextEdit file (not yet saved anywhere, but saved automatically on iCloud I assume). The document is not plain text, therefore I ...
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How to copy found text (highlighted) in TextEdit

I'm looking for copying the patterns that I find. For example for this, I would like to copy all the "bcbc": and being able to paste it somewhere like "bcbcbcbcbcbcbcbcbcbc" (bcbc x5). Do you know ...
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Resizing whole text containing different fonts in TextEdit

My text file uses two fonts, Helvetica for usual text and the ALPHABETUM-Unicode specialized font for rare ancient characters. The system handles it nicely, as the sizes of the ALPHABETUM ...
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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?