TextEdit question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fine0023, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. fine0023 macrumors newbie

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    Whenever I use TextEdit, I find it annoying that it automatically corrects misspelled/unknown words. I know I can go to 'spelling and grammar' and uncheck the 'check spelling while typing' and 'correct spelling automatically' options, but this is also annoying because I have to do this each time I start the program. Is there a way to make these settings permanent?
    I was also thinking of just getting a different program such as TextMate....so if anyone has any thoughts on that program compared with textedit, feel free to share. Thanks.
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

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    #2
    In my TextEdit(v1.6) Preferences there is the option to choose automatic correction, or not. However, it doesn't work for me, misspelt words stay misspelt. :confused:
     
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Try changing the system-wide settings in System Preferences -> Keyboard that control this behavior.
     
  4. talmy macrumors 601

    talmy

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    Settings are permanent here. Sounds like a corrupt preferences file. Try deleting com.apple.TextEdit.plist.
     
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

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    Nope. That didn't work.
     
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    I misspoke here. The settings live in Language and Text -> Text tab: Use symbol and text substitution, and correct spelling automatically.
     
  7. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    What are you using TextEdit for?

    If you need a text editor (i.e. something that only manipulates text, and does not formatting, for scripting etc), I would recommend TextWrangler, which is free, or BBEdit, it's paid-for bigger brother.

    If you want a word processor, then use Pages or NeoOffice.

    TextEdit isn't really very good at either function.
     

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