11/9/09
3:28 pm

Forum Question: Application titles into an editable text file?

Is there a way to create from the list of applications in my Applications folder a text file from which I can start a Bento database?

— John Russell

Comments: 3 Responses to “Application titles into an editable text file?”

    11/9/09 @ 3:29 pm

    Yes. Check this out. Go in the Finder to your applications folder. Select all the applications. Copy (Edit, Copy or Command+C). Now open TextEdit or any text editor. Paste (Edit, Paste). You get a list of all applications! You may have “.app” after each one, but you can always do a search and replace to get ride of those.

    John RusselL
    11/9/09 @ 7:57 pm

    Thanks for the idea, but it didn’t work for me. Command-A selected all application names, Command-C apparently copied to the clipboard. Then, with TextEdit open, I clicked in the empty document, entered a Command-V, and the beachball appeared. After a minute or so I tried a Force Quit. The screen did funny things and eventually I ended up with a whole bunch of the apps’ **icons** pasted in the text document (I started in list view). I have other problems with my Mac and this is the reason I wanted the list of apps – – so that I’d have a list to work from and be able to reinstall them one at a time. I’m going to put a related question in separate post…

      11/9/09 @ 8:04 pm

      Try making sure that TextEdit is set to Plain Text, not Rich Text. Format, Make Plain Text. That should prevent the icons from pasting instead of the text.

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