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Writing with TextEdit

Start TextEdit (located in the Applications folder) and begin typing in the new document window.

To copy text to another location, click and drag to select the text and press -C; place the cursor where you want the text to appear and press -V to paste it.

To change the font, select the text and choose Format, Font, Show Fonts.

Choose a new font, typeface, and size in the Font panel. The change is applied immediately.

INTRODUCTION

Successor to TeachText and SimpleText, Mac OS X's TextEdit program can do a lot more than either of its ancestors. It's really a very compact, fast word processor with a lot of formatting options and tools as well as the capability to read and write Microsoft Word documents.


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What's Not in There

TextEdit is capable, especially with new features such as automatic bulleted lists, but it's not a full-featured word processor. If you need to use paragraph styles, outlining, or HTML conversion, you should use a program such as Microsoft Word.


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Learning How to Spell

TextEdit gives questionable words a red underline; Control-click each and choose an option from the contextual menu. The Learn Spelling command adds the word to a systemwide dictionary, so all your built-in applications will know it in the future.


To change the text alignment or spacing, click and drag to select the text and choose an option from the controls at the top of the document window.

To run a spell check, choose Edit, Spelling, Check Spelling.

Choose File, Save to save the file.

Give the file a name and choose a location to save it in; then click Save.


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