I want Textedit to always be available

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by chmedly, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. chmedly macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2006
    I'm finding myself looking at and editing various configuration files lately and I'm frustrated that I have to dig in the 'Open With > Other...' section every time to open said file in TextEdit. Is there way to keep TextEdit among the quick suggested apps for all files when I right click and slide over to Open With?
  2. JohnDS macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2015
    An alternative would be to put TextEdit into your Dock and then you could open a file in TextEdit by dragging and dropping the file on TextEdit in the Dock.
  3. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    Cape Cod
    Changing the Default Text Editor
    1. Single Click the file you want to open (any file as long it’s the type you want to set as default)
    2. Then at the top bar click File and then Get Info (Command+I also works)
    3. Click the triangle next to Open with
    4. Select Text Editor
    5. Then Click Change All…
  4. chmedly thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2006
    Thanks to both replies. Nightcap's suggestion unfortunately is not workable. The various files are not all the same type and don't have the same suffix. I don't want to change this for every new file type I encounter. Nor do I actually want to change the default app for these disparate files. I was hoping there was a way to change how TextEdit is seen by the OS so that it is always listed as an immediate option for any file type. JohnDS's suggestion might be helpful. I'll see how its goes.

  5. vexorg macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2009
    I agree, it would be very useful if it listed under "open with..."

    It must be possible to add to the context menu, same as windows, without too much difficulty. If apps like dropbox can add them in then it can be too difficult.
  6. JohnDS, Feb 22, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2016

    JohnDS macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2015

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