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How to use TextEdit on HTML files Apps
I was trying to create a simple .html file, and was having serious troubles because TextEdit would automatically create and save my file as rich text. I mentioned this to Norbert (creator of the amazing LaunchBar application) and he gave me the following solution:
I recommend using TextEdit for editing and saving html files. You can convert rtf to plain text using the "Make Plain Text" command in TextEdit's Format menu.

In order to open HTML files with TextEdit, you must either turn on the "Ignore rich text commands in HTML files" option in the TextEdit Preferences, or select the "Ignore rich text" option in the open panel. Otherwise the html files are rendered instead of showing their html source.
[Editor's note: This was mentioned in this older hint, but the information it contains is now outdated...]
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free alternatives to TextEdit
Authored by: mclbruce on Oct 25, '02 11:51:33AM

BBEdit Lite is a fine text editor that I use for HTML. It's free. Apple also shipped a carbonized version of SimpleText on the 10.1 developer tools CD.

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Authored by: baba on Oct 26, '02 06:34:34AM

I really can't decide whether TextEdit is useless or just worthless. What's the point of a text editor that makes one jump through hoops just to edit (that's right) text?

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TextEdit Prefs
Authored by: lipids on Oct 29, '02 07:47:34PM

Wouldn't it be a hell of a lot quicker and easier to just set the prefs for Plain Text. That way if you are using it for HTML editing it will save that way when you add the extention .html everytime.

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