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Mac OS X Power Hound, Second Edition by Rob Griffiths

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TextEdit

TextEdit is a very simple word processor with some surprisingly powerful formatting controls built right in. There’s even a multiple-level Undo command.

Editing HTML Documents

If you drag an HTML (Web page) document onto the TextEdit icon, the program shows you the page as it’s designed to look—like a Web page—rather than displaying the behind-the-scenes HTML commands.

This behavior can be something of an annoyance if you’re trying to use TextEdit to edit the raw HTML code. In that case, you have two options:

  • Change the way TextEdit handles all HTML documents. Choose TextEdit Preferences, and turn on “Ignore rich text commands in HTML files,” as seen in the top portion of Figure 11-24. Close the dialog box. All future HTML files will now open as documents you can edit.

In the File → Open dialog box, turn on “Ignore rich text commands” to prevent TextEdit from displaying an HTML file graphically.

Figure 11-24. In the File Open dialog box, turn on “Ignore rich text commands” to prevent TextEdit from displaying an HTML file graphically.

  • S pecify how HTML pages open on a document-by-document basis. Choose File Open. In the dialog box that appears, select the document you want to open, and then turn on “Ignore rich text commands,” as shown in the bottom portion of Figure 11-24. TextEdit dutifully opens the file with all HTML codes visible and ready to edit.

The Secret Zoom Command

In its factory-set state, TextEdit lacks a general zoom feature to let you increase or decrease the display size of your current ...

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