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Old Jun 6, 2010, 02:58 PM   #1
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Notepad equivalent on a Mac?

I a new to mac. I am trying to open a ".config" file but I get this error message: "There is no default application specified to open the document xxxx". Normally, on a Windows, I would just force open it with notepad as it conly contain text. How do I do the same with a Mac?
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Old Jun 6, 2010, 03:00 PM   #2
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Try changing the extension to .txt or to .rtf. This way you can open it with Textedit.
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Click the file once so it's highlighted, and either press Command + I or go to the File menu and select Get Info. From the Get Info window, below the Open With pop-down list choose, TextEdit. Below Use this application to open all documents like this. click Change All...
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You shouldn't have to change the extension to open it with Textedit. If it's a config file you shouldn't do that anyways.
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Thanks, I got it open by using Textedit without changing extensions.

I have few more questions:

With the search on the upper right corner, after I find my filed, how do I get it to show up at the location the file is in? I can't even right click the file.

Is there a "My computer" for Mac? The finder feels like just a regular windows, especially sometimes it won't even show all my drives. I have to close all finders and restart it.
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Thanks, I got it open by using Textedit without changing extensions.

I have few more questions:

With the search on the upper right corner, after I find my filed, how do I get it to show up at the location the file is in? I can't even right click the file.
Select the file and press CMD+ENTER to open up a Finder window with the folder the file resides in.


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Is there a "My computer" for Mac? The finder feels like just a regular windows, especially sometimes it won't even show all my drives. I have to close all finders and restart it.
Finder is "like" Windows Explorer, several Finder windows are just windows, not Finders.

Have a look at the Preferences in Finder and see what it says UNDER GENERAL AND SIDEBAR.


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