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How to Customize Text Edits On Mac

Customize Text Edits On Mac
Written by Hassan Abbas

Along with the built-in TextEdit application on your Mac, you can write HTML files, edit plain text documents, and even annotate images. If you do not want to scour the App Store or shell out money for a text editor. Then TextEdit on Mac is the perfect tool. So in this article, we are going to talk about How to Customize Text Edits On Mac. Let’s begin!

So if you use TextEdit a little or even a lot, then you might as well take a few minutes to customize it to work best for you. We will tell you via the options to make TextEdit efficient for your tasks.

Open a new document in TextEdit

You can open TextEdit from your Applications folder or using Spotlight and click New Document.

Click TextEdit > Preferences from the menu bar and get ready to customize the app.

Adjust the settings for creating new documents

At the top of the Preferences window, click New Document. These settings will apply to all new documents you create in the application as well as the app window itself.

Format: Pick from the rich or plain text as your default. If you want the text your typing to wrap within the page margins you set. Then check Wrap to page.

Window Size: You can set the width and height for the TextEdit window. This is a great way to make sure the app opens in the size you want each time.

Font: Pick both the plain text and rich text font styles and sizes you want to use. This will let you pick your favorite fonts for each.

Properties: For rich text files, you can apply the Author, Organization, and Copyright properties. That depends on the type of documents that you are creating in TextEdit, these might be important to you.

Options: You have a variety of additional settings to enable or disable in TextEdit. You can have the app check spelling as you type or automatically correct it. Show the ruler at the top (note below), and use smart quotes and dashes in rich text documents.

Important Note: If you want to set the margins, tabs, indents, and paragraph alignment for rich text documents. Then you will need to display and use the Ruler.

Take a few moments now to adjust all of these settings so that you get the best experience possible when creating new documents in TextEdit.

Adjust the settings to open and save documents

At the top of the Preferences window, click Open and Save. These settings will apply to files you open and save with TextEdit.

When Opening a file: Check the boxes for how you want to display HTML and RTF files when you open them. For instance, if you are going to edit an HTML file, then you probably want to check the box to display it as code instead of formatted text.

When Saving a File: This is a simple checkbox for always using the TXT file extension when saving files.

Plain Text File Encoding: Tap each drop-down box and select a method for opening plain text documents. You can likely leave this to Automatic unless you need to open or save files in a different language.

HTML Saving Options: For writing HTML in TextEdit, you will want to check these settings for the best ones for you.

Document type: Pick an HTML or XHTML option.

Styling: Pick from embedded, inline, or no CSS.

Encoding: Choose from the same options you have for the Plain Text Encoding above.

Preserve white space: Check or uncheck this box per your preference.

TextEdit tips

  • On both of the tabs in the Preferences window, you have a Restore All Defaults button at the bottom. So if you ever want to return to the original, default settings, just click that button.
  • Even if you adjust the above settings for New Documents or Open and Save. Then you can still make some changes on the fly for your current document from the menu bar.

Such as, the Format menu lets you switch between plain and rich text for your document, show the ruler, and use the Wrap to page option.

  • You can also change the font style and size from the default for a current rich text document using the toolbar at the top.

Wrapping it up

Whether you are ready to use Customize Text Edits On Mac for the first time or have been using it with its default settings. Then these options can definitely help you work more efficiently and effectively with the app.


Alright, That was all Folks! I hope you guys like this Customize Text Edits On Mac article and find it helpful to you. Give us your feedback on it. Also if you guys have further queries and issues related to this article. Then let us know in the comments section below. We will get back to you shortly.

Have a Great Day!

Also See: How to Edit & Capture Photos Using Photo Booth

About the author

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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