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10.3: Paste web content with links from Safari to TextEdit Apps
Thought this might be of use...

I just discovered In Panther that when you copy and paste a thread from a forum (or any web page in general) from Safari into a TextEdit document, all of the links remain active. Now you can delete all posts in the thread (or other superfluous information in the web page) except that which you find most pertinent, and save the result locally.

[robg adds: In my testing, this feature seems to be specific to Safari. Even using OmniWeb 4.5, which uses Safari's engine, you don't get the active links. Other browsers seem to just paste formatted text, for the most part.]
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10.3: Paste web content with links from Safari to TextEdit
Authored by: terceiro on Nov 03, '03 12:24:44PM

It's actually more than just TextEdit, because I had the same experience (and was about to submit a hint regarding) with Stickies. Copy text in Safari (the only browser I use, so I can't test with Omni), hit shift-apple-Y and you've got a new sticky, with active links! (Also works via a speakable item.) Cool.



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10.3: Paste web content with links from Safari to TextEdit
Authored by: sipatel on Nov 03, '03 01:56:30PM

I've just done the same thing in Jaguar!



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10.3: Paste web content with links from Safari to TextEdit
Authored by: sjk on Nov 04, '03 03:59:09AM

Hmm, I can't make active links work with Jaguar using any methods described here.



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10.3: Paste web content with links from Safari to TextEdit
Authored by: luhmann on Nov 03, '03 04:59:25PM

This is great when used with Mail - as you can create clickable links in Mail!!! Now if only there were an easier way to do this.



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10.3: Paste web content with links from Safari to Mail does not really work
Authored by: ars on Nov 05, '03 01:32:43PM

When I compose the message in Mail.app the pasted link is clickable, but after sending it to myself and reading it, it no longer is clickable! It shows up as stylized text (in blue in my case).



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10.3: Paste web content with links from Safari to TextEdit
Authored by: yossie on Nov 03, '03 06:09:14PM
this works since, apparently, Safari simply copies text as RTF as well as plain. The RTF is pasted by any program that can handle it (pretty much any Cocoa program, I would think, since RTF handing is built into the system.) The RTF includes markups which are analogous to
<a href=...> </a>[\code] tags in html.  Still, and all, rather cool!


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10.3: Paste web content with links from Safari to TextEdit
Authored by: heliosnorf on Nov 03, '03 06:30:35PM

Wow - that's pretty neat.. I wonder - how do you create your own links like this in text files? It seems like there should be some way to do it directly within TextEdit.

As a work around - you can make a simple web page which contains the link, open it with Safari, and copy & paste the link to TextEdit.. But that seems like more work than you should have to go to.

Anyone know how to do it directly?



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Use iChat
Authored by: Cantus on Nov 03, '03 09:01:42PM

An easier way to create your own clickable URLs in TextEdit is by using iChat.

- Open iChat
- From the File menu, select 'New Chat'
- Type a description for your link in the window that opens
- From the Edit menu, select 'Select All' and then 'Add Hyperlink...'
- Type the URL for your link in the sheet that opens and click OK
- Cut and paste the link in a RTF TextEdit document

VoilĂ ! :)



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10.3: Paste web content with links from Mail to TextEdit
Authored by: robmorton on Nov 04, '03 01:02:56PM

You can do the same thing from Mail as well.



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10.3: Paste web content with links from Safari to TextEdit
Authored by: Ronald Lanham on Nov 05, '03 04:27:58AM

Rob... thanks for posting my hint. (Wonder why it posted as anonymous?). I also might mention that unfortunately it will not maintain hot links if the text is dragged-and-dropped. It must be copied and pasted into TextEdit.



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10.3: Paste web content with links from Safari to TextEdit
Authored by: dkholm on Nov 06, '03 04:44:58AM

This phenomenon also works in Word X for OS X, to my mixture of delight and confusion during a session of cutting and pasting from a link-ridden web page to a Word document.



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10.3: Paste web content with links from Safari to TextEdit
Authored by: adrianm on Nov 08, '03 08:33:07AM
I just selected, dragged html content from safari to an open text edit window and the links were active.

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