How to customize TextEdit on Mac for maximum efficiency

TextEdit HTML File

With the built-in TextEdit app on your Mac, you can write HTML files, edit plain text documents, and even annotate images. If you don’t want to scour the App Store or shell out money for a text editor, then TextEdit on Mac is the perfect tool.

So if you use TextEdit a little or even a lot, you might as well take a few minutes to customize it to work best for you. We’ll guide you through the options to make TextEdit efficient for your tasks.

How to work with tables and lists in TextEdit on Mac

TextEdit Tables Lists Mac

TextEdit on Mac is a nice and easy tool for creating plain or rich text documents. And it’s handy if you want to create a table for an email or list in outline format. Using rich text in TextEdit, inserting tables and lists is simple, plus you have flexible options.

Here’s how to work with tables and lists in TextEdit on your Mac.

How to insert and annotate images in TextEdit on Mac

TextEdit Inserted Annotated Image

You likely know about the TextEdit app on your Mac. This built-in tool lets you create and edit plain or rich text documents easily. But what you may not know is that you can also annotate images right within it.

This is handy for rich text documents when you don’t want to use a word processing app and just need your document, that includes an image, quickly. And best of all, you’ll use the same Markup tool you’re used to on your Mac.

Here’s how to insert and annotate images in TextEdit on your Mac.

How to insert tables into emails in Mail on Mac

Table in the Mail app on Mac

Even though the Mail app on your Mac has some terrific features for composing emails like adding drawings or inserting and annotating images, it currently lacks the ability to include a table. For formatting an email in a matrix structure, you can still insert a table into a new message. The trick is, you’ll copy that table from another app on your Mac.

While there are probably plenty of apps you can use to do this, the easiest way is with one that’s built right into your Mac. Here’s how to insert tables into emails in the Mail app on Mac.

How to review and restore previous document versions on Mac

Previous Versions of Documents in Full Screen Mac

When you’re working on a document, you have probably learned over time to save it frequently. This helps to avoid losing your work if something happens such as an application crash.

Each time you save your file, there should be a version history recorded. So, if you ever decide that you need to go back and review previous versions, and maybe even restore the document to one of those, what do you do?

Here’s how to review and restore previous versions of your Mac documents.

How to use Plain Text by default in TextEdit

The default file format for new documents created in TextEdit on Mac is .rtf, which stands for Rich Text Format, a format, which as its name suggests, allows you to fancy up documents with basic formatting options such as bold, underline, etc...

As someone who prefers the simplicity of plain text files for various reasons, I always make sure to change the default format of new documents created in TextEdit. For those of you who like me prefer Plain Text over Rich Text Format, I will show you how to permanently set this as the default in TextEdit.

TextEdit app spotted on iPad’s Home screen in WWDC session video

TextEdit, one of the stock applications for the Mac, might be coming to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, suggests an icon spotted on an iPad during one of the WWDC 2016 demos.

As first discovered by MacRumors, the “What's New in Metal, Part 1” WWDC session video shows (mark 17:58) a TextEdit icon on the iPad's multitasking app switcher screen and on the Home screen.

Traces of Preview, TextEdit, standalone iTunes Radio and Siri API discovered in iOS 8 code

As a prominent iOS developer noted on Twitter, looks like Apple is actually toying with a standalone iTunes Radio app, as previously suspected.

In addition, Apple looks to be prepping new stock iOS 8 apps - TextEdit and Preview - as well as potentially enabling third-party Siri access.

Code hooks and hidden assets discovered in the iOS 8 Beta code seem to support these findings, largely corroborating much of the earlier findings by prominent Apple blogger Mark Gurman.

Note that this is no guarantee that Apple will roll out these features - that is, it will only introduce them when they're ready for prime time. For example, The New York Times previously reported that split-screen functionality didn't make the cut in iOS 8. With that in mind, it's fairly safe to speculate that Preview, TextEdit, third-party Siri access and a standalone iTunes Radio could be slated for the iOS 8.1 update...

Suspected iOS 8 screenies show Preview, TextEdit and Healthbook app icons

Following a credible report earlier this morning claiming that the Mac's Preview and TextEdit applications will make their way into iOS 8 with full iCloud support minus editing functionality, a pair of supposed screenshots allegedly depicting the iOS 8 Home screen has popped up on a Weibo account.

The images, included below the fold, are believed to depict purported prototype iOS 8 Home screen icons for the previously rumored Healthbook app, as well as the suspected Preview and TextEdit applications. By the way, iOS 8 is thought to be codenamed 'Okemo' after a ski resort in Vermont.

On the surface, the screenies look genuine. However, as we can't vouch for their authenticity, you're definitely advised to take them with a grain of salt, even though multiple reliable sources have allegedly confirmed their legitimacy.

We're only reposting them here for entertainment purposes so join us in comments...

iOS 8: Apple apparently working on TextEdit and Preview apps with iCloud integration

After reporting yesterday that Apple is considering moving iTunes Radio to its own standalone app in iOS 8, the same reliable blogger is now citing sources with knowledge of Apple's initiatives as claiming that the next major revision to Apple's mobile operating system will bring two apps over from the Mac - Preview and TextEdit - both supporting Documents in the Cloud, a feature that lets software store documents in iCloud to be readily available on all devices.

Preview and TextEdit in OS X Mavericks already have support for iCloud documents so this development indicates Apple's intent to make iOS 8 and OS X even more tightly integrated...