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Using TextEdit Tabs on Mac

Jan 24, 2017 - 9 Comments
TextEdit tabs on Mac

If you use TextEdit on Mac for your simple word processing and quick plain text editing needs like a Notepad equivalent from the Windows world, you’ll likely appreciate that the latest versions of Mac OS support tabbed windows in TextEdit. This can dramatically reduce window clutter in the TextEdit app, just like tabs work elsewhere.

Opening DOCX Files on a Mac, Without Microsoft Office

Apr 15, 2016 - 15 Comments
DOCX file on a Mac

Mac users may encounter DOCX files from time to time, often sent from a Windows user as an email attachment or otherwise, as the .docx file types are standard document files created in newer versions of Microsoft Office. But what if you don’t have Office on the Mac? That’s ok too, even if you don’t … Read More

The Mac Hosts File: How to Modify /etc/hosts in Mac OS X with TextEdit

Feb 29, 2016 - 14 Comments
How to Edit the hosts file in TextEdit in Mac OS X

The Mac hosts file is a system level file located at /etc/hosts which maps IP addresses to host names for Mac OS X networking. Many users edit and modify the hosts file so that they can point a domain to a different IP address, whether for the purpose of local development, blocking sites, or simply … Read More

Jump to a Line Number in TextEdit Documents on the Mac

Feb 3, 2015 - 6 Comments
Select a line number in TextEdit documents for Mac OS X

TextEdit is a surprisingly handy Mac app that is mostly underutilized and under appreciated, and while it’s certainly not going to compete with the abilities of pro text editors like BBEdit and TextWrangler, it can function as a simple code editor in a pinch. One of the quintessential features of any good text editor is … Read More

Make TextEdit in Mac OS X Behave More Like Windows Notepad

Dec 10, 2014 - 24 Comments
Make TextEdit on a Mac be like Notepad on Windows

Many longtime Windows users have grown to rely on the Notepad app for it’s plain text editing simplicity, for everything from writing little code blocks to just serving as a easy way to strip formatting and styling from anything copied into an open Notepad document. As a result, many Windows switchers to the Mac platform … Read More

How to Type Superscript & Subscript Text in Pages for Mac OS X

Sep 29, 2014 - 14 Comments
Type superscript or subscript text in Mac OS X Pages app

Subscript and superscript text formatting is commonly used in the math and science world when writing out chemicals, formulas, and expressions. Subscript appears slightly lower and smaller than the primary text, while superscript appears slightly higher and smaller than the primary text (like an exponent, 8^3). If you need to type subscript or superscript characters … Read More

How to Turn Off Autocorrect in Pages & TextEdit on Mac OS X

May 6, 2014 - 25 Comments

Many users have noticed that turning off autocorrect in the Mac OS X System Preferences does not impact every single app on their Macs. Two cases in point where autocorrect stays on; Pages, the word processor app from Apple, and TextEdit, the default text editing app that comes with all Macs. If you want to … Read More

Make a Word & Character Counting Service for All Apps in Mac OS X

Jan 27, 2014 - 25 Comments
Word and character counting service for all apps in Mac OS X

While some writing and text apps have native word and character counters as part of their built-in feature set, not every app does. That can be changed easily though by creating a Mac OS X Service that will provide word counts and character counts from just about anywhere on a Mac that text is selectable. … Read More

3 Simple Ways to Strip Styling & Formatting from Text in Mac OS X

Apr 18, 2013 - 20 Comments
Strip text styling and font formatting

Want to quickly remove text styles and font formatting from some text? Here are two three super fast ways to do just that, and they don’t require any third party downloads, both features are built right into Mac OS X. The first two methods will use an alternate copy & paste command that removes styling … Read More

Turn TextEdit Into an HTML Source Viewer with a Simple Settings Change

Jan 14, 2013 - 2 Comments
View HTML Source with TextEdit

TextEdit is a reasonably decent text editing app that has been bundled along with just about every version of OS X since the beginning. If you’ve ever opened an HTML file with TextEdit you have probably discovered the app actually renders the HTML code, displaying the formatted text, rather than displaying the source itself. This … Read More

Move a File to iCloud from Mac OS

Aug 28, 2012 - 5 Comments
Move a File to iCloud from Mac OS X

The latest versions of Mac OS let you move files directly into iCloud from your Mac, these files can then be opened on any other Mac or iOS device set up with the same iCloud account. This is extremely convenient if you want to quickly move a file around but don’t want to copy it … Read More

Change the Save Location from iCloud to Local Mac Storage in Mac OS X

Aug 20, 2012 - 8 Comments
Turn Off Documents & Data for iCloud

The latest versions of Mac OS X feature deeper iCloud integration than ever before on the Mac, a feature that is extremely convenient for syncing things likes desktop Notes, desktop Reminders lists, documents, emails, bookmarks, and whatever else with iOS devices, but it can also be frustrating when you’re just trying to save a file … Read More

Convert Rich Text to Plain Text Quickly in Mac OS X

May 8, 2012 - 5 Comments
Convert RTF to TXT

Rich text format doesn’t always translate well to the web and it often gets garbled through emails sent across platforms. The simplest solution is to convert the RTF to plain text and then either transfer the resulting txt file or paste the content it into an email or otherwise. Here is how you can do … Read More

Search the Web from Mac OS X Finder, TextEdit, and Preview

Dec 13, 2011 - 5 Comments
Search Google from TextEdit

Mac OS X and many default apps have a built-in ability to quickly search the web. To quickly search the web, just highlight any text in the Finder, Preview, or TextEdit, and then hit Command+Shift+L to launch Safari with a Google search for the highlighted text selection.

Convert Upper Case to Lower Case Text (and Vice Versa) on Mac

Sep 19, 2011 - 16 Comments
Convert Upper Case to Lower Case Text from Anywhere

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…).

Looking for a Mac Outline app? Use TextEdit

Nov 16, 2010 - 1 Comment

I use TextEdit often for simple text editing and note taking, but you can also use TextEdit as an outliner and avoid downloading another application. Yes seriously, the TextEdit that comes on all versions of Mac OS X can function quite well as a basic outline app.

Select Sections of Non-Contiguous Text in Mac OS X with the Command key

Aug 9, 2010 - 4 Comments

If you’ve ever needed to select and copy portions of a text document that are non-contiguous, in other words, sentences or words that are not right next to one another and do not touch, you can do so with a little-known text selection shortcut trick in Mac OS X.

Suggest Words When Entering Text in OS X with the Escape Key

Nov 21, 2009 - Leave a Comment

You can suggest words while entering text into many applications by simply hitting the Option+Escape keys while typing in most OS X apps. This is so useful for writing. For example, if you can’t remember how to spell a word but remember that it starts with a V? No problem, type V and then hit … Read More

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