Mac Basics: Simple Documents With TextEdit

TextEdit is an app that comes with your Mac and allows you to create and edit simple text and word processing documents. You can use it to create notes that exist as files, to record information, to start writing, edit code, or open Word documents.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Mac Basics: Simple Documents With TextEdit”

    Razvan Mihai
    7 months ago

    Gary, thanks for the tutorial. It was nice to rediscover the simplicity of the TextEdit app. You mentioned there is no Apple iOS app. Is there any third-party iOS app you would recommend? I would be mainly interested in editing simple plain text.

    7 months ago

    Razvan: I usually just use Pages or the Notes app. But I'm sure there are some you can use. Search the App Store.

    Melvyn Halbert
    7 months ago

    Another TextEdit trick: While typing an RTF document in my favorite choice of font and size, i may want to include text copied to the Clipboard. The copied text might be the wrong size or in an ugly font or color. To remove all that unwanted styling, I Paste the text into a new TextEdit file, choose Format/Make Plain Text, and then Format/Make Rich Text. Presto-Change-O! The copied text is now in my favorite font and size. Copy it and then Paste it into the document that I was typing.

    7 months ago

    Melvyn: You could also just use Command+Option+V to paste with the style.

    pw
    7 months ago

    I was so hopeful that I would be taught how to get rid of the default tabs in the "open new document" file. Is there a way to create a default document without all the tabs??

    7 months ago

    pw: Not sure what you mean by "tabs" here. You just get a normal File Open dialog when you start TextEdit. I don't see any tabs involved.

    pw
    7 months ago

    ...tried shift command 4 to get a photo from my desktop but it didn't go there (how does one find where a screen shot goes?) so instead I thought I could tell you "visit 3:19 in the above video and note all the right pointing pyramids across the top of the "new document." Anyhoo, thanks for your responses!!!

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