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10 Things You May Not Know You Can Do With TextEdit On a Mac
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Thank you for increasing my understanding of TextEdit and especially your point about saving a TextEdit document as a Word document (which is valuable to me since I move stuff between an up-to-date laptop and a much older desktop that has an old Word app and cannot read a Pages file). BUT, when I click on the File menu top save the document there is no "Save As" button, only "Save." What do I do?
Michael: You need to hold down the Option key to see Save As.
I use TextEdit often to save the text from a website. I select (highlight) the text, HESITATE and then drag and drop the text to TextEdit.
When TextEdit refers to a line it is actually referencing a paragraph. In the shareware program Tex-Edit Plus using AppleScript you can actually refer to lines even inside of paragraphs. I only mention this as TE+ is going away as it is 32 bit and will not be upgraded. I'm looking for a replacement. TE+ is extremely AppleScript friendly. I'm trying to use TextEdit and have some work arounds but scripting it is more difficult.
John: A "paragraph" is just a string of text with a return at the end. This is what a line is when it comes to software errors and such. That's what you want. You don't want the line numbering to take into account wrapping as that won't be useful in software debugging situations.
Being old and slow, I missed your point on how to change the font size of all the lines in an existing TextEdit document. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Don: Do you mean for plain text files, or rich text? If plain text, just go to TextEdit, Preferences and change it there. Then close and reopen the document if you need to.
Gary, it's done. Thank you very much.
I want to replace words with a different font color so they'll show up and the replace feature doesn't allow it, or does it?
Terry: There's no way to search by font color of text that I can think of.
Which is the maximum number of words TextEditi can do at once when transforming from RTF to Txt? We are working with large corpora
c: I'm not away of any maximum, and I've opened some pretty large server log files with TextEdit. I don't know why there would be a maximum for converting. But just try it with one of your files and see. If you have a truly humongous RTF file you can always open it in any word processor (Pages, Word, etc) and try to export from there as txt, or copy and paste, or ... there are lots of things to try.