Creating Txt Documents with TextEdit

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ChrisAbalos, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. ChrisAbalos macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2005
    Hi All,

    First time posting, long time lurking.
    I am currently in a college html class and we do all our coding in MS notepad on windows machines. At home, i write my code in textedit on my powerbook. When i take the files back to school and load them on notepad again, all the line breaks are lost and appear as boxes. I have textedit set to plain text and the "ignore rich text commands in html files" is checked. My guess is that i should be encoding the document in something other than "western mac osx", i just have no idea what.

    Thanks all
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Use TextWrangler or SubEthaEdit, (both free and VERY good) and not TextEdit. Despite its name TextEdit just isn't any good for editing text-only documents, but it's OK for opening .rtf and simple .doc files.
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    TextEdit is just fine for editing plain text files including HTML. I use it all the time. Just make sure it's in plain text mode. From what I can tell you have already worked this out. You are seeing the difference between Unix line return characters and Windows line return characters. You can convert with the command line utils unix2dos and dos2unix.

    Unfortunately my Mac does not seem to have these installed :(

    You could try altering the settings in the Preferences (in the Open and Save tab) to save as Western (Windows Latin 1). I'm not sure that this will be enough though.
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    You might have better luck using a different text editor on the Mac, something that can more easily save files with windows-style (CRLF) line endings.

    SubEthaEdit (free for personal use) is good for this, you'll find what you need to play happily with Windows under its Format menu.

    (edit: Mitthrawnuruodo done beated me to it!!!@!)
  5. RacerX macrumors 65832

    Aug 2, 2004
    TextEdit in plain text mode should be fine.

    If you are worried about line endings, I would suggest using TextExtras (by one of the original developer's of TextEdit). It'll give you the option of using LF, CRLF, CR, PS and LS.

    Plus it has a number of other features that are great for Rich Text formatted documents too.
  6. ChrisAbalos thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks everyone for the responce... Im guessing the easiest solution will be to use another app like most of you said. I will check em all out and see which i like best.

    Thanks again
  7. Kerry Sanders macrumors regular

    Kerry Sanders

    Apr 25, 2005
    Hayden, AL
    Actually, the easiest solution is to go into the Preferences for TextEdit and set it to save as plain text by default all the time. This will fix your problem. I had the same issues that you mentioned in your post for this thread until I changed this preference.
  8. stridey macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2005
    Massachusetts, Connecticut
    Or simply type cmd-shift-T to convert to plain text.

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