Marrathon.com - Dave Marra's Web Site!

Marrathon.com - Dave Marra's Web Site!

Marrathon.com - Dave Marra's Web Site!

Marrathon.com - Dave Marra's Web Site!

Adjust paragraph alignment in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to adjust paragraph alignment, click in a paragraph, then click an alignment button in the toolbar.

Change the color of text in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to change the color of text in a rich text document, select the text, then click the Color button in the toolbar.

Add a .txt extension to plain text files in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to automatically use the .txt extension when saving a plain text file, choose TextEdit> Preferences, click Open and Save, then select the ‘Add “.txt” extension to plain text files’ option.

Zoom out in TextEdit

In TextEdit, press Shift-Command-Comma (,) to zoom out of your document.

Apply a style in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to apply a style to selected text, click the Paragraph Styles button in the toolbar, then choose a style.

Modify thickness of a table cell border in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to modify thickness of a table cell border, select the cell, then choose Format> Table and adjust the Cell Border.

Show the ruler in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to show the ruler, choose Format> Text> Show Ruler, or press Command-R.

Set tab stops in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to set tab stops in a rich text document, show the ruler, then click the ruler where you want each tab stop to be.

Adjust the baseline of text in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to adjust the baseline of text in documents, select the text, then choose Format> Font> Baseline and choose an option.

Add keywords to a TextEdit document

In TextEdit, to add keywords to a document which can be searched for later using Spotlight, choose File> Show Properties.

Add a table to a rich text document in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to add a table to a rich text document, click where you want the table to be, then choose Format> Table.

Revert to the original open and save preferences in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to revert to the original open and save preferences, choose TextEdit> Preferences, click Open and Save, then click "Restore All Defaults".

Add a photo to a document in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to place a photo into a rich text document, drag the photo from the Finder into your document.

Tighten the space between characters in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to adjust the space between characters by tightening it, choose Format> Font> Kern, then choose Tighten.

Change the color of a table cell border in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to change the color of a table cell border, select a cell, then choose Format> Table and click the Cell color well.

Open an image in Preview from TextEdit

In TextEdit, when viewing a TextEdit document containing images, double-click an image to open the image in Preview.

Split a merged cell in a table in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to split a merged cell in a table, select the cell, then choose Format> Table, then click Split Cells.

Set line spacing in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to set line spacing in a rich text document, select the text to adjust, then choose an option from the line and paragraph spacing menu in the toolbar.

Zoom into a document in TextEdit

In TextEdit, press Shift-Command-Period (.) to zoom into your document.

Hide the ruler in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to hide the ruler if it is showing, choose Format> Text> Show Ruler, or press Command-R.

Change the color of a cell in a table in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to change the color of a selected cell in a table, choose Format> Table, then choose Color Fill from the Cell Background pop-up menu.

Loosen the space between characters in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to adjust the space between characters by loosening it, choose Format> Font> Kern, then choose Loosen.

View actual size in TextEdit

In TextEdit, after zooming in or out of a document, to return to actual size, choose View> Actual Size, or press Command-0.

Insert a line break in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to insert a line break into a document, choose Edit> Insert> Line Break.

Insert a page break in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to insert a page break into a document, choose Edit> Insert> Page Break.

Email text from a TextEdit document

In TextEdit, to email text from a document, highlight the text, then Control-click it and choose Share> Email from the pop-up menu.

Delete the word that is to the left of the cursor in TextEdit

In TextEdit (and most other applications), press Option-Delete to quickly delete the word that is to the left of the cursor.

Add a movie to a document in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to place a movie into a rich text document, drag the movie from the Finder into your document.

Detect grammatical errors as you type in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to detect grammatical errors as you type, choose Edit> Spelling and Grammar> Check Grammar With Spelling.

Merge cells within a table in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to merge cells within a table, select the table cells, then choose Format> Table and click Merge Cells.

Select non-continuous blocks of text in a TextEdit document

In TextEdit, to select multiple words or blocks of text that are not next to each other, hold down the Command key and select them.

Insert a paragraph break in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to insert a paragraph break into a document, choose Edit> Insert> Paragraph Break.

Have a portion of a document read out loud in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to have a portion of a document read out loud, select the text to be read, then choose Edit> Speech> Start Speaking.

Quickly move to the bottom of a document in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to quickly move to the bottom of a document, press Fn-Right Arrow.

Match style when pasting text in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to make copied text match the style of the text where you paste it, choose Edit> Paste and Match Style.

Revert to the original new document settings in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to revert to the original new document settings, choose TextEdit> Preferences, click New Document then click "Restore All Defaults".

Create a table within a table in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to create a table within an existing table, select a cell in the existing table, then choose Format> Table and click "Nest Table".

Make text upper case in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to make text upper case, select it and choose Edit> Transformations> Make Upper Case.

Avoid making accidental changes to a document in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to avoid making accidental changes to a document, choose Format> Prevent Editing.

Save a TextEdit document in Microsoft Word format

In TextEdit, to save a document in Microsoft Word format, choose File> Save, then choose a Word format from the File Format pop-up menu.

Quickly move to the top of a document in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to quickly move to the top of a document, press Fn-Left Arrow.

Specify default preferences for new documents in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to specify the default format, font and window size preferences for all new documents, choose TextEdit> Preferences, then click New Document.

Use vertical text in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to change a document's layout orientation for languages that use vertical text, choose Format> Make Layout Vertical.

Set default properties for rich text documents in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to set default properties (author, copyright, etc.) for new rich text documents, choose TextEdit> Preferences> New Document> Properties.

Add comments to a TextEdit document

In TextEdit, to add comments to a document which can be searched for later using Spotlight, choose File> Show Properties.

Save customized text as a favorite text style in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to save a customized text style, select some text then choose Other from the Styles pop-up menu and click "Add To Favorites".

Make text fit within the page margins in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to make lines of text fit within the page margins in a document, instead of within the width of the window, choose Format> Wrap to Page.

Automatically hyphenate long words in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to automatically hyphenate long words at the ends of lines to make the right margin appear smoother, choose Format> Allow Hyphenation.

Find and replace words within a selected block of text in TextEdit

In the Find window of TextEdit, to replace all occurrences of a word in a block of selected text, press Option then click the "In Selection" button.

Open all URLs in a text file at once using TextEdit

To open all URLs in a text file at once, open it in TextEdit, choose Edit> Select All, then Control-click anywhere and choose "Open URL" from the pop-up menu.

Add a hyperlink to a TextEdit document

In TextEdit, to make any word or phrase an active HTML link, highlight the text then choose Edit> Add Link and enter the URL in the "Link destination" field.

Enable autosave in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to enable autosave to automatically save modified documents, choose TextEdit> Preferences> Open and Save> Autosaving.

Make text lower case in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to make text lower case, select it and choose Edit> Transformations> Make Lower Case.

Convert a styled text document to plain text

To convert a styled text document to plain text, removing any formatting, colors, images, etc., open it with TextEdit and choose Format> Make Plain Text.

Embed a file into a TextEdit document

In TextEdit in Snow Leopard, embed a file (another text file, an image, a spreadsheet, an application, etc.) into a document via File > Attach Files.

Select a vertical block of text in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to select a vertical block of text (such as a column of words or numbers), press and hold the Option key then select the text.

Select all occurrences of a word found in TextEdit

In TextEdit, to select every occurrence of a word found in a document, do a Find (Command-F), type the word, press the Control key and click "Select All".

Open a Microsoft Word document with TextEdit

In TextEdit, to open a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) document, drag and drop it onto the TextEdit icon in your Dock.