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TextEdit

TextEdit: It’s not just for Read Me files anymore.

As always, TextEdit (Figure 10-34) is a basic word processor—but it’s not nearly as basic as it used to be. You can create real documents with real formatting, using style sheets, colors, automatic numbering and bullets, tables, and customized line spacing, and—get this—even save the result as a Microsoft Word document. There’s even a multiple-level Undo command. If you had to, you could write a novel in TextEdit and it would look pretty decent.

TextEdit’s Two Personalities

The one confusing aspect of TextEdit is that it’s both a plain text editor (no formatting; globally compatible) and a true word processor (fonts, sizes, styles; compatible with other word processors). You need to keep your wits about you as you edit, because the minute you add formatting to your document, TextEdit no longer lets you save it as a plain text file.


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