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10.4: Start lists in TextEdit via the keyboard Apps
Tiger only hintPersonally, I usually don't like having the ruler visible in TextEdit -- it just bugs me. So if I want to add a list to my document, I have to make the ruler visible, and then select a list type from the list menu. Or I have to use the menu item if I want to create a customized list format. But what if I just want a plain old list, quick and easy?

Well, I just discovered that if you press Option-Tab at any point, the line which the cursor is currently on will turn into a dashed list item! Press Option-Tab again to indent the list item even further. Beyond that, it functions just like regular lists (hit return for another list item, double-return to decrease the indent, etc.).

The only problem I've had is that I don't know how to choose something other than dashed lists using the keyboard. Perhaps there's a hidden TextEdit preference setting for this...

[robg adds: This only works in 10.4, as TextEdit in 10.3 didn't support lists. And, of course, you must be in RTF mode, not Plain Text mode, to use this trick.]
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10.4: Start lists in TextEdit via the keyboard
Authored by: zpjet on Dec 01, '05 07:51:23AM

"return" key on an empty dashed line unindents.

list style can be changed afterwards (at least in the top level).



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10.4: Start lists in TextEdit via the keyboard
Authored by: zpjet on Dec 01, '05 07:59:17AM

(sorry - of course in all levels...)



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10.4: Start lists in TextEdit via the keyboard
Authored by: MJCube on Dec 01, '05 09:05:42PM

You can also just hit down-arrow once to continue after the list, because TextEdit adds a blank line after the insertion point at the same time as the dash before.



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10.4: Start lists in TextEdit via the keyboard
Authored by: magnamous on Jul 08, '08 03:06:37PM

I also just discovered that option-Enter or option-Return will create a new line that immediately exits the list (instead of hitting Return once to start a new, blank top-level list item, then again to eliminate it).



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10.4: Start lists in TextEdit via the keyboard
Authored by: daeley on Dec 01, '05 08:56:41AM

Right-Click (or control-click) to choose all kinds of "List..." styles.



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10.4: Start lists in TextEdit via the keyboard
Authored by: newbish on Dec 05, '05 05:56:52AM
The same dialogue can also be found in the menu bar: Format-->Text-->List...

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10.4: Start lists in TextEdit via the keyboard
Authored by: DarthMagnus on Dec 01, '05 09:36:46AM

A simple shift-tab will decrease the indent of a current line. Shift-tabbing on a line which is already at the leftmost tab with a dash will eliminate the dashed list format for that line.



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10.4: Start lists in TextEdit via the keyboard
Authored by: terceiro on Dec 01, '05 07:09:21PM

This also works in apps which use the same framework: VoodooPad, Hog Bay Notebook and the new Hog Bay Mori, for instance. It does not seem to work where the apps use the key combo for other things, hence DEVONthink is a no-go.

And I had to change the key trigger for Witch. But since I use lists all the time, this is an invaluable hint.



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10.4: Start lists in TextEdit via the keyboard
Authored by: sjmills on Dec 04, '05 02:23:47PM

I noticed this in Xcode too, when I was trying to find a way to get from one pane to another. Sadly, it did the list thing instead of going to the next pane like it does in CodeWarrior. I'm sad.

So it must be a 10.4 edit text field thing (or one of the text editing controls/views).



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10.4: Start lists in TextEdit via the keyboard
Authored by: SmartMoose on Dec 02, '05 02:33:44PM
It works in Stickies, too!

Yes, I noticed that Option-Tab starts a dashed list, and then Control-Clicking (right-clicking) the list allows for the choice of a number of list styles... including ordinary bullets. Option-8 be gone!

Ok... so I might be the only that's happy about that, since Stickies so often gets slighted as a "useless app." Still, since lists are even provided as an option anywhere in the application's menu structure, this is a welcome revelation for those of us that do use Stickies. Great tip... thanks!



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But not widget Stickies, right?
Authored by: allanBook on Dec 03, '05 01:10:05AM

I tried opt+tab with widget Stickies, but I just couldn't get it to work.

I assume, then, that by Stickies you mean the regular app version?

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10.4: Start lists in TextEdit via the keyboard
Authored by: teebo on Dec 16, '05 02:01:01AM

I'm not certain that this is the correct place to ask this, but, does anyone know how to make a list in Mail.app with the "real" list function just like in TextEdit?



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