Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!

Add background color text styles to TextEdit Apps
TextEdit is useful because it is readable by every OS X user. The GUI is not ready for setting background colors of lines and text, but it is possible to set the background color using the Styles pop-up menu. But first, you'll need to enrich the styles with the RTF provided freely here: BackColor for TextEdit [1.3KB]

[robg adds: Here's a bit more info on how to make this work. Download the above file and open it in TextEdit. Select any of the color formatted exmaple words (i.e. the white-on-black word), click the Styles pop-up, and then click Other. In the next scree that opens, click Add to Favorites, then enter a name ("Black bacgkround") and click Add. When you open a new document (in RTF mode, obviously), you'll be able to see and use the newly-created styles. There's also a bit of info in the sample document itself on how you can create your own styles, but I didn't try that.]
  • Currently 3.33 / 5
  You rated: 4 / 5 (6 votes cast)

Add background color text styles to TextEdit | 7 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the 'Add background color text styles to TextEdit' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Add background color text styles to TextEdit
Authored by: NeutronMonk on May 26, '05 12:33:36PM

I'm not sure I understand this hint... TextEdit has always had the ability to set the background and font colors. Open up the Font panel (command+T) and make sure the "effects" pane is visible by clicking on the gear icon in the lower left corner. TextEdit also does lovely shadows.

[ Reply to This | # ]
Add background color text styles to TextEdit
Authored by: robg on May 26, '05 12:38:43PM

The author of the hint doesn't speak English as their native language, and perhaps I did a bad job in the editing. But here's what I think the point is: yes, TextEdit will let you change the background color for the document. But you can't have, for instance, a section of white-on-black text followed by a section of green-on-blue text.

This hint will let you do this, by saving those colored blocks as custom styles. In my testing, I couldn't figure out how to get TextEdit to save the background information with a style; it just saved font size, family, color, etc.

Maybe I'm doing something wrong?


[ Reply to This | # ]
Add background color text styles to TextEdit
Authored by: NeutronMonk on May 26, '05 01:10:48PM

Oh, O.K. I see now. :) Actually useful... I might have to play with TextEdit's Styles some more now.

[ Reply to This | # ]
Add background color text styles to TextEdit
Authored by: adrianm on May 26, '05 01:28:50PM

You can set background colour styles in TextEdit without doing this.

If you create a table and set the cell background colour, then save the cell's content as a style, that background colour sticks to the style (although it isn't visible in the style list).

Tables are a useful layout tool too.

[ Reply to This | # ]
Thanks for the hint
Authored by: tice on May 26, '05 05:28:38PM

Sometimes it is good to get a hint for what is right before your eyes.

Like the ability of the birthday-calendar of iCal:

Just add in Addressbook preferences (second panel) the option birthday and write in some birthday in a card (then it appears in iCal).

[ Reply to This | # ]
Add background color text styles to TextEdit
Authored by: fredblon on May 27, '05 03:57:56PM

Bad news : this is not fully supported by the system (yet ?)... try to copy and paste the text of the sample file into the body of a new mail : some colors are lost, others are unexpectedly expanded to entire lines.

[ Reply to This | # ]
More infos about this hints
Authored by: Michel_X on May 28, '05 06:12:43AM
The purpose of this hints is only to edit share (funny and with word or line back colored) rtf readable by every MacOSX users.
The comments of FredBlon can be completed by the following observation about the system: The favorite Styles are not in a pref file attached to textEdit but in the unvisible .GlobalPreferences.plist xml file.
With caution, it is possible to edit this file with the Property List Editor (tag NSFavoriteStyles) i.e. to suppress an unwanted Styles created during the tests.
Discovered by a copy/paste from a html page, I agree : not all the background color are copied... it is why - as explained at the end of the attached doc ot the hints- to create the range of colors - it is necessary to use bbedit to edit and modify a reference rtf containing a range of colors and progressively complete the styles menu.

Michel X

[ Reply to This | # ]