Notepad equivalent on a Mac?

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  1. macrumors regular

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    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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    lewis82

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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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    DewGuy1999

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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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    miles01110

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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.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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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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    spinnerlys

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    Select the file and press CMD+ENTER to open up a Finder window with the folder the file resides in.


    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.


    Also have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files.


    Mac OS X Basics


    Switch 101 - guide with articles made by Apple on how to accustom yourself, after you switched to Mac OS X from Windows​


    Mac 101 - How to get started with Mac OS X​


    Find out how - tutorial videos made by Apple on how to do certain thing in Mac OS X​


    Pro tips - tips made available by Apple for easier ways of doing certain tasks​


    Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts - Learn about common Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.​


    Mac OS X Beginner's Guide by MacRumors - learn about software, media players, shortcuts and some useful tips, tricks and hints​


    Mac Guides - tutorials, product guides and more​


    MRoogle - a very effective tool to search these fora using Google and made available by edesignuk, introductory threads: 1, 2 and 3
     

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