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Chapter 6. Working with Documents > Setting TextEdit Preferences

Setting TextEdit Preferences

TextEdit preferences help you configure some of the more common features of the program. You can set preferences for new documents, default fonts, rich text processing, default plain text encoding, editing, and saving. These preference areas allow you to turn features on and off as well as customize the way TextEdit works.

Set General Preferences

Click the TextEdit menu, and then click Preferences.

Select or specify the various options you want to use:

  • New Document Attributes. Select options for document format and text wrapping, and specify the width and height you want for the document window.

  • Default Fonts. Click Set to select the default fonts you want for rich and plain text.

  • Rich Text Processing. Check or clear to ignore or allow rich text commands.

  • Default Plain Text Encoding. Click the Open or Save pop-ups to select a plain text encoding default.

  • Editing. Check or clear to enable or disable the Check Spelling As You Type and Show Ruler commands.

  • Saving. Check or clear to enable or disable the Delete Backup File. Save Files Writable, Overwrite Read-Only Files, and Append “.txt” Extension To Plain Text Files options.

Click the Close button.

Quit TextEdit.


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