Using TextEdit to build web page source code

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by katybelle, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. katybelle macrumors newbie


    Oct 8, 2010
    I have been using a PC to design web sites for years, but I recently purchased a MacBook Pro to use instead. On my Windows computer, I would use NotePad to create and edit .html files, which I could then just save and open in a browser. I have been trying to use TextEdit in the same way, but it doesn't appear to be working ... I just write the code into the app and then save it as an HTML file, but when I try to open it, what displays in my browser window is just the text.
    I have edited my Preferences pane so that TextEdit is in Plain Text mode, and I've also disabled the automatic .txt file extension, but the problem persists. I have opened the .html file in FireFox, Safari, and Chrome, and they all display the same way.
    Does anyone have any suggestions?
  2. katybelle thread starter macrumors newbie


    Oct 8, 2010
    Downloaded TextWrangler and it appears to be working!
    Thanks for your help.
  3. rprebel macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2010
    Where the bluebonnets bloom
    I've been trying to duplicate your problem, but I can't get TextEdit to make a web page that doesn't load properly. Hopefully TextWrangler or BBEdit will work out for you.
  4. Cabbit macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    For TextEdit you need to change it to "Make plain text".

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