TextEdit is a simple text editor based on the text system in Cocoa. Windows default text editor Notepad application comes with “Plain text” format. Whereas, Mac’s TextEdit application by default comes with “Rich text” format. And sometimes traditional Windows user find it difficult to use TextEdit’s Rich text format and they prefer the application to act like Notepad. In this post let’s see how to turn on Plain text format in TextEdit application.
TextEdit is a simple, open source word processor and text editor. Even though TextEdit app comes with lot’s of features; personally I prefer TextWrangler Application.
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Steps to Set Plain Text Format as Default in TextEdit App:
- Open TextEdit Application.
- Select “TextEdit” menu and head to “Preferences”.
- You can also use shortcut COMMAND + Comma Key (i.e CMD,) to launch Preferences. Checkout, Mac Os X Keyboard Shortcuts
- Now go to the “New Document” tab and look under ‘Format’
- Check the box next to “Plain text” to set all new documents to automatically default to be plain txt files. Refer below screenshot.
Now next time you launch TextEdit App, it will be a plain text format file only.
Simple Tip to Launch TextEdit from Terminal:
Type the following command in Terminal to launch TextEdit application.
command | open -tf
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The TextEdit application comes with lot’s of features and one must explore this powerful editor tool to get maximum benefit out of it. With TextEdit you can also attach graphics and attachments, and it opens and saves RichTextFormat, UniCode, and PlainText files.
Hope this short post will be highly useful for you.
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