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Re-enable old style auto-save for TextEdit (with a real "Save As...").
Authored by: Storm608 on Dec 19, '12 07:24:17AM

Why not just replace TextEdit 1.7 (Lion) or 1.8 (Mtn.Lion) with the Snow Leopard original (1.6)?

In my case, I kept a boot partition of S/L so I could access some of my old PowerPC apps that required Rosetta and I would reboot into the S/L partition.

I had to change permissions in the Applications folder - added Admin (R&W) and added my own (admin) user -read and write. I then deleted every other authorized user except Everyone - read only. The permission list becomes (user) read and write, Admin read and write and Everyone read only. You can't alter the contents of the folder until you make those changes.

I then moved the file TextEdit to the Desktop which changed it's ownership and then deleted the file (emptying the trash). I then just copied the earlier version of TextEdit into the Applications folder.

That seems to have worked fine. It does Auto-save, gives you the true Save-As and also restores the original Fine and Replace window which was much easier to navigate then the miniature add-on bar that appeared with 1.7 Lion.

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