10 Things You May Not Know You Can Do With TextEdit On a Mac

TextEdit seems like a simple text editing tool, but it actually has some pretty rich features. You can do things like set document properties, edit code, define and use styles, insert images, audio and video, and even export HTML documents.

Comments: 10 Responses to “10 Things You May Not Know You Can Do With TextEdit On a Mac”

    Michael Spielman
    3 months ago

    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?

    3 months ago

    Michael: You need to hold down the Option key to see Save As.

    Shirley
    3 months ago

    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.

    John
    3 months ago

    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.

    3 months ago

    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.

    Don Palmer
    3 months ago

    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.

    3 months ago

    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.

    Dpon Palmer
    3 months ago

    Gary, it’s done. Thank you very much.

    Terry
    1 month ago

    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?

    1 month ago

    Terry: There’s no way to search by font color of text that I can think of.

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