As a user of MacBook, you will be amazed to know the amount of information that stills flows across your web and internet in simple and plain text. In the age of formatted websites, word processors galore and RTF (Rich-text Format) documents, the text files would appear to be another anachronism. However, every computer can write and read the standard text virtually, so the text files are usually used for:
- Information like README and updates by the software developers.
- Information files on internet such as frequently asked questions (FAQs).
- Swapping data between any programs such and tab-delimited and comma database files.
It is OS X's versatile word processor. It lets you create any kind of text documents. TextEdit includes tools to layout and format your page, stylize and edit text, create lists and tables, check spelling, work with HTML, import graphics, and even add movie and music files. Have a look at various things that you can perform with the documents.
- Open TextEdit with Launchpad (Mountain Lion and OS X Lion) or from the folder of Applications.
- Start typing in the window. To change the default left-hand alignment of text, highlight your text and make a click on one of the given 4 alignment buttons in toolbar to align right, justify, center, or align left.
- It automatically checks the spelling of words as you type. With a red colored dotted line, it will underline all the words that are misspelled. It you need assistance with finding the correct spelling, simply highlight the underlined word, select Edit and click Show Spelling and Grammar from the listed option called as Spelling and Grammar. It will display the best possible guesses for the actual word you wanted to type. To correct the mistake, select the right word and then click Correct. TextEdit also automatically corrects the spellings as you type.
- To change the type of font, go to the Format menu, click Font and select Show Fonts. Select a typeface from the resulting window. You can also select a suitable size for your fonts form the columns in the same window. You can select to add one strike-through, an underline, change the color of text and add a shadow of the text simply from pop-up menus displayed on the top of your Font window.
- From the displayed pop-up menu for list, select a style to make a list. You can choose from options like numbers, lettered lists or bullets. Start typing your list and select None from the same pop-up menu to end typing a list.
- To add music, photos, or a movie file, simply drag the specific file from the Finder window to your document.
- To make a table, choose Table from the menu of Format. Enter thetotal number of columns and rows you wish in the resulting window. Select the alignment of text, thickness of cell borders along with their color and a background color for your table. Your TextEdit document automatically updates as you carry on making changes.
In Mountain Lion OS X, you can also use Dictation to make TextEdit type as you speak.