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How to Create Tables & Lists in TextEdit on Mac

Create Tables & Lists in TextEdit on Mac
Written by Hassan Abbas

TextEdit on Mac is the amazing and simplest tool for creating plain or rich text documents. Also, it’s quite handy if you like to create a table for an email or list in the outline format. However, using rich text in TextEdit, inserting tables and lists is simple, also you have flexible options. Come let’s check how to create tables & lists in TextEdit on your Mac.

Remember To Use Rich-Text

If you want to adjust your TextEdit Preferences to use rich text for all new documents, you can then ignore down to creating the table or list.

But if your default text is plain, you’ll then switch it to rich text. Hopefully, you don’t have to modify your default settings for this. Simply you can switch the document you’re working on to the rich text.

Using your document open in TextEdit. Simply tap Format > Make Rich Text from the menu bar. Make sure that this will affect the text you already have in the document.

How to Create & Format a table in TextEdit

If you want to insert a table in TextEdit, tap Format > Table from the menu bar.

However, the table formatting window open to configure your table settings. You can also choose the number of rows and columns for the table and use a nested table if you want to.

Also, you have settings for the selected cell. You can also adjust the text alignment within the cell both vertically and horizontally, select a cell border and color, and then use a cell background and color.

Once you create your table, you can move back and edit it using the menu. However, this allows you to add or delete rows or columns and modify any of the cell settings.

Resize a column or row

If you want to adjust the width of a column or height of a row. Simply hover the cursor over the border the two-sided arrow appears, simply drag.

Merge or split cells

If you want to merge cells, choose them in the table, then open the formatting window. Once open tap Merge Cells.

Delete/Remove a table

To remove a table in TextEdit. Simply drag through to choose the whole table and tap Delete.

Format & Create a list in TextEdit

If you want to insert a list in TextEdit, simply tap Format > List from the menu bar. However, you can do this before creating the list or after you already have text. If you do the latter, choose the text first, and then tap Format > List to change your text into a list.

After the formatting box opens, you can simply configure your list using some flexible choices.


Choose a character as a prefix for before the list marker.

Bullet or Number:

Select the list marker style. You have many choices for both bulleted and numbered lists.


Choose a character as the suffix for the list marker.

Starting number:

For numbered lists, you can select the number to initiate with.

Prepend enclosing list marker:

If you want to create sublists simply mark the box will add the enclosing list marker to the sublist.

For example, use capital letters (A, B, C) as list markers. After this, you like to create a sublist under letter C. However, you have the letter C included before the sublist markers (a, b, c).

If you want to continuously add items to your list. Just press your Return key after each list item. If you want to end your list, press the Return key twice.

If you want to work with tables in TextEdit, you can simply edit your lists anytime you want. This is necessary for formatting sublists as explained above. If you want to edit the way a list is formatted, choose the text and then tap Format > List from the menu bar.


Here’s all about “Create Tables & Lists in TextEdit on Mac”. If you want to work with tables and lists in TextEdit to format those types of items. But if you want to create a table for an email, simply use TextEdit.

Have you ever use TextEdit for creating rich text documents or also plain text files? For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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