How Can I Edit HTML Files?

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  1. mcmike100 macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2005
    When I open an HTML file in TextEdit it displays it as the actual webpage rather than the HTML commands. When I View Source in Firefox it shows the HTML but won't let me edit it.

  2. The Past macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2004
    You can do view source and copy into a text editor such as BBEdit or use an authoring program such as GoLive or Dreamweaver.
  3. Espnetboy3 macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    go to a view or preferences in text edit see if u can toggle back to the code. I love bbedit its great you should check it out.
  4. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    1) change the extension to .txt and open in Text Edit

    2) Copy the source from Moz/Saf to Text Edit , make changes and resave

    3) Use Unix Software like vi or emacs in the terminal to edit the file

  5. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    If you want to do some serious HTML-editing or to make you personal site, I would recomment Macromedia Dreamweaver
  6. vocaro macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2004
    Dreamweaver costs an arm and a leg. I recommend the poster try out Mozilla Composer first. It's not as powerful as Dreamweaver, but it should handle what he needs done, and it's totally free.
  7. andrewm macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    No one mentioned...

    SubEthaEdit ! Much cheaper than BBEdit (and free for non-commercial use), and has splendid syntax colouring, as well as an option for collaborative editing. Very handy for group projects. It even has full Unicode support, because it's Cocoa--which BBEdit (which used to be my editor of choice) does not.

    Perhaps someday it'll have syntax checking, too.


    [Edit: I just double-checked TextWrangler, and retract my statement about BBEdit's Unicode support--although that still seems like a minor issue.]
  8. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    You could also try Macromedia Contribute. The latest version is about $130, but it has a great interface for people that want to create or edit web pages and don't know HTML. I recommend it to all my clients who want to manage their own sites and who don't want to pay for content management.
  9. marcfiszman macrumors newbie


    Mar 4, 2004
    TextEdit > Preferences: check "Ignore rich text commands in HTML files".
  10. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Use the text editorTextWrangler, a freeware version of BBEdit, or Taco HTML Edit, freeware that lets you preview the HTML (or PHP!)...
  11. Sammie macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2004
    Peawanuck, Ontario
    I am assuming that you are using "text edit" as I had tis problem also when I started.

    What i do is open text edit and under preferences, I click on "plain text" and under file --> open --> (make sure "ignore rich text commands is checked") and open the same file. Then you should be able to open the html code without having to buy expensive software which you dont really need. It only takes a week to learn html. If you wanna learn css...go to and they have a premade css page thats downloadable and that there is what you need rather than html. Most people use html for structure today and css for making the page kewl.

    Hope that helps
  12. mcmike100 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2005

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