Convert Upper Case to Lower Case Text (and Vice Versa) on Mac
We all know it’s pretty annoying to reading text that is ALL IN UPPERCASE CAPS, but fortunately with the help of text transformation tools, we can instantly convert that obnoxious uppercase text into lowercase caps (or vice versa, if you really want to…).
For the purpose of this example, we’ll use TextEdit, the great little text editor app that is bundled with Mac OS X. You can either do this with an existing document, or you can just paste a block of text into the app, but we’ll assume you’re working with the entire document, pasted in from an email or otherwise.
Here’s how the casing text transformation works in the TextEdit app on a Mac:
- Select all of the UPPERCASE TEXT you’d like to convert in the document, this is easy to do by hitting Command+A to “Select All”
- With the text now highlighted, right-click anywhere on the text, and from the pulldown menus navigate to “Transformations” then to “Make Lower Case”
You can also find the Transformations menu under the general “Edit” menu within TextEdit, but the contextual menu accessible via a Right-Click is usually easier for most users.
The text casing transformation takes place instantly, and the converted text continues to be highlighted after changing casing. If you want to go the other route, just select “Make Upper Case” instead.
Thinking beyond TextEdit, the text transformations work across Mac OS X in all native cocoa apps, including Safari, iChat, iCal, Mail, Stickies, and any other third party app that included the service.
Similarly, another nifty text transformation in OS X is the ability to convert text to spoken audio for iTunes with just the selection of text and a right-click. That uses the built in text-to-speech tools to redirect the spoken words from the Mac into an audio file right in iTunes, which can then be synced to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod – very nice.