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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
1answer
325 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

How to select vertically in textedit using keyboard

How do i select vertically (columnar) in TextEdit using keyboard? I can do that using mouse i.e. pressing the option button and selecting the text but I would like to do the same with keyboard. How ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Unable to open CSV file

I have a reasonably sized CSV file (40 Megabytes). I know that some apps won't work with certain encodings, and that they will throw error if the encoding isn't ASCII. But its alarming that even ...
1
vote
1answer
153 views

How to exit full screen mode in textedit FORMAT WINDOW mac 10.13.3

can't exit full screen in the FORMAT WINDOW for textedit mac 10.13.3 Have tried restoring default settings. The top left buttons: red closes window as it should, orange is not active (the regularly ...
0
votes
0answers
38 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
116 views

é showing up as &eacute in TextEdit

I am opening a text file using Mac's TextEdit that has é in it. é is supposed to be showing up as é instead. Is there a way to make TextEdit read it as é?
4
votes
2answers
2k views

TextEdit keeps getting stuck

TextEdit keeps getting stuck in the middle of files stopping me from being able to scroll down any further. I'm on macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 - I don't remember ever having these issues on Sierra 10.12....
3
votes
3answers
5k views

Can I combine TextEdit files w/o copying and pasting?

I’ve kept daily journal entries in Text Edit. Is there a way I can combine them into one file without cutting and pasting? I’m using TextEdit 1.1 on Mac OS El Capitan Version 10.11.6.
1
vote
1answer
259 views

How to create a custom keyboard shortcut for this nested menu item?

I know how to create a shortcut; it is described on Apple website here. However, I came across a tricky case: I want to create a shortcut for the TextEdit application, particularly for setting the ...
0
votes
1answer
3k views

How delete an application that is bundled with macOS? [duplicate]

Backstory: I am running macOS Sierra and use TextEdit a lot. The problem is that I hate the Versions save schema that causes the universal Save As shortcut of CmdShiftS to instead create a copy of ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Automator: Run TextEdit as Root

Specifically, I want to simplify editing the hosts file, which requires root privileges. The following command works in the shell: sudo /Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit /etc/hosts ...
1
vote
1answer
4k views

How do I force TextEdit to not add .txt extension (Sierra)

I have TextEdit default to plain text files. I also have "Add .txt extension to plain text files" unchecked in the "Preferences" in the "Open and Save" section. If I perform these steps: Create new ...
3
votes
1answer
144 views

What makes the bash interpreter utility interpret differently standard and smart double quotes, present in a shell script, created in TextEdit?

While learning bash scripting by going through a Beginner's Guide, I tried writing some lines of code in the .sh file, created in TextEdit on macOS Yosemite and running it using the command bash \path\...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

Can you change the text background color in TextEdit

The context is that I took some notes in TextEdit and copied command examples from my green-on-black Terminal window. The text appears in the style and color of the source: But I wanted to change it ...
3
votes
1answer
86 views

Textedit crashed and lost a previously saved file

I have a file I created and edited with textedit. I saved the file many many times. Textedit crashed and I rebooted and the file it entirely gone. What happened? Is there a way to recover it? A ...
0
votes
1answer
58 views

How to copy TextEdit preferences to another computer?

Just copying the following file from one computer to another does not transfer my customized preferences for TextEdit ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.TextEdit/Data/Library/Preferences/com.apple....
1
vote
1answer
41 views

How to recover a Word document mangled with TextEdit

I opened a Word file using the TextEdit app, highlighted what I needed from the article, pressed "Save" and moved it to the desktop before I closed the file itself. And then I tried to reopen it but ...
11
votes
1answer
1k views

In TextEdit, if I type two `-` it is converted to one longer `-`

I use TextEdit to edit my text. If I type in a double -, it is converted to one longer -. How to avoid this?
13
votes
1answer
5k views

How do I combine separate cells in a Numbers spreadsheet and paste the result as text into a TextEdit document?

I have a Numbers spreadsheet. Column B contains first names, column C contains surnames. I need an easy way to combine and reformat this data so that it’s in the format Surname, Firstname. I then ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Is it possible to prevent TextEdit's “The file has been changed” dialog from appearing unnecessarily?

Every so often, I will be doing something on my computer (e.g., in Google Chrome), when an alert dialog from TextEdit.app randomly pops up. The dialog looks like this: The dialog asks if I want to ...
5
votes
1answer
146 views

TextEdit Chinese Plain Text Style Problems

I'm working with Chinese text in TextEdit as a plain text .txt file. This is what a normal line looks like: (and the style that my text document basically looks like) 𨃅𨃅 bai1 bai1 [pai⁵⁵ pai⁵...
3
votes
3answers
3k views

How do I save a text file with a Ruby (.rb) file extension?

I am new to Ruby and am trying to learn from a book. However, I have one problem – it says I should save a file so that it ends with .rb but my Mac only lets me use .rtf so that's what I used. But the ...
1
vote
0answers
69 views

.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. ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

AppleScript: How to open a file in TextEdit, without bringing the other TextEdit windows to front?

I have the following AppleScript code that opens a specific file in TextEdit in a window with predetermined bounds: set targetFilepath to "/Users/Me/Desktop/My Fruit Log.txt" tell application "...
4
votes
1answer
61 views

Is it possible to have the “Find” field engaged on open of .rtf file?

When I click on the Dock shortcut of a specific .rtf file to open the file in TextEdit, my cursor is by default set in front of the first character of the first line of the document. However, I would ...
3
votes
2answers
990 views

How to create a blank RTF file in AppleScript?

I want to be able to create a new TextEdit document with an AppleScript file. The AppleScript file will then be triggered by a system-wide keyboard shortcut via FastScripts. Specifically, I want the ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Is it possible to change the default window size of a .txt file in TextEdit?

I have a .txt file that I open regularly on my Mac. I would like the TextEdit window of this .txt file to be wider than it normally is. I can manually increase the window width every time I open the ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

To deal with superfluous carriage returns in TextEdit

I want to let TextEdit never save <CR>, the carriage return. Different operating systems save end-of-line as different Unicode characters. For MS DOS (like Windows) it is <CR><LF>,...
1
vote
1answer
621 views

Why css files are opening in safari by default in MacBook?

I do not know what happened to my MacBook, but all the css files are appearing with the web browser icon as you can see in the following image. When I open it it is opening in safari instead of ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

TextEdit El Capitan file-transfer open file text missing

I'm trying to get started on a new work machine. Both my old and new machines are running El Capitan. My problem is when I try to move a ".txt" file from one computer to the other, via usb-stick, it ...
2
votes
1answer
11k views

I don't have permissions to open my files?

There are several questions that seem similar, e.g., TextEdit shows dialogs about not having permission to open any files, but they're not exactly the same and none of the suggested fixes work. ...
1
vote
1answer
94 views

Is it possible to quit TextEdit by clicking the red x of the last open file (w/o add'l software)?

If you open TextEdit and then click on the red x in the top bar of the document, TextEdit will remain open. This is evidenced by the little black dot under TextEdit, despite no TextEdit documents ...
1
vote
1answer
512 views

How to use Emacs shortcut key in Mac OS?

I know Mac OS supports to some Emacs short-cut key to move cursor in text editor, e.g. Command + f/b/p/n to move cursor left/right/up/down, Command + v to page-down. In Emacs Meta + v is page-up, ...
0
votes
1answer
75 views

text width in textedit or another program

How do you adjust text width? I am sign writing a sign for a friend into timber, all i want to do is print out the stencil so i can use it. Everytime I enlarge the text the width changes ! I want ...
2
votes
4answers
3k views

How does one start a bash command that doesn't close on Terminal quit?

I want to run a command, and not have it quit when Terminal closes. For instance, if I run top & ; disown, top quits when I quit Terminal. I want to keep top alive. I know this is possible since ...
0
votes
1answer
175 views

Way to Copy Text From OS X to Evernote and Keep Formatting?

On my MacBook, I have various lists and information, of which I use TextEdit to edit. Usually, these will have indents where I use tab to create kind of charts with columns. Like so: Item 1 [TAB] ...
15
votes
3answers
44k views

How to use find and replace to replace a character with new line

I have a document, I wants to use the find and replace to convert any period (.) into a new line. I can't seems to of that, in Microsoft word you can input ^ CTRL+p into the replace field. But how do ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

How to configure Dragon Dictate so that it does not scan files upon opening?

When I open a text file with TextEdit, Dragon Dictate scan the file: It often ends up being unresponsive if the file is large. How to configure Dragon Dictate so that it does not scan files upon ...
2
votes
1answer
85 views

Disabling automatic en dash when editing files in TextEdit

I've noticed that typying -- in text edit results in those signs being converted to en dash: –. This is highly undesirable behaviour. For example correct formatting for the SRT files is (related ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Text Edit rtf. Document suddenly disappeared from desktop after opening it!

A very important (30+ hrs. of work) Text Edit rtf. Document suddenly disappeared from desktop after opening it! I have been working on a translation with a tight deadline; non-stop working for 5 days ...
0
votes
1answer
50 views

Make lower case for pattern in TextEdit

If I select text using a pattern in TextEdit how do I transform that selected text? I can't get anything in the Transform menu to work when text is selected like this. I am using a pattern to find ...
0
votes
2answers
220 views

TextEdit paragraph numbering - number on paragraph break NOT on line break

I need to number my paragraphs but still be able to have un-numbered line breaks inside the paragraph; putting in a soft return (command-return) should work but doesn't; when I re-number the ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

TextEdit issue opening file

Right clicking on a file -> Open With -> TextEdit. Instead of opening the original file, TextEdit creates a copy of it and opens that one. As an administrator, I have both read & write ...
1
vote
1answer
165 views

Why do apps in El Capitan open a new window when opening a file?

Is this an El Capitan bug? I've noticed in more than one app, when I go to File --> Open, the app opens the file in a new window instead of in the existing window. For example, in TextEdit, if you ...
0
votes
0answers
889 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
258 views

Does Time Machine save TextEdit drafts?

Imagine you have Time Machine running with Yosemite. You open TextEdit, create a new text document in which you actually write stuff. You can turn off your computer, restart it, the document will ...
0
votes
3answers
741 views

Applescript Won't Invoke Shortcut Command

I have a long TextEdit document I frequently open (via a keystroke, thanks to Alfred). It contains many non-standard spellings, so I de-select "Check Spelling While Typing" (though I want spell ...