Text Edit crashes when pasting many words

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  1. retta283 macrumors 6502a

    retta283

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    I have been looking for a way to preserve my Firefox history, and the easiest way I found is just copy all the text and paste it. There are about 13,000 entries. However, trying to paste this into Text Edit makes it beach ball for a while and crash. Does anyone know how to stop the crashing or another program I could use to save all of this data?
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68040

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    Are you copying the text with any of the machines you have listed in your profile? The beach balling could be due to a lack of memory although you should have enough memory in the 2009 iMac as it can take up to 16 GB. Another thing that would cause beach balling is a slow hard drive. Your iMacs probably have 5400 RPM drives unless you upgraded them. (I'm unfamiliar with your MacBook.)
     
  3. retta283 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It has nothing to do with speed from what I can see. I don't think Text Edit can handle pasting over 1,000,000 characters at once.

    All Intel iMacs made before 2012 have a 7200RPM hard drive. Only the current model uses 5400RPM. I am trying to copy the history on the 2008 iMac, and I can't transfer it to any other machine properly.
     
  4. Nigel Goodman, Apr 18, 2019
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    Yes, I've had similar issues to this when I pasting text. In my case the text contained links to documents and video files and TextEdit was trying to paste the entire linked file!

    Try the Paste and Match Style command (on the Edit menu) to see it that works. It did for me.
     
  5. retta283 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, this worked, and it pasted within a second. It's a bit hard to read due to the formatting but you can still see what's what. I'll keep this in mind in the future.
     
  6. Nigel Goodman macrumors member

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    Of course, you can always change the formatting once the text is in the document to make it easier to read.
     
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