Apple TextEdit

Apple TextEdit
2.4 / 5 (47 votes)

1. Main Features

  • Reads and writes files in either rich text or plain text format
  • Allows users to add graphics, pictures, and videos to rich text documents
  • Opens files saved in most popular text file formats, though some formatting may be lost

2. Software Overview

Apple TextEdit is a text editor developed by Apple and bundled with macOS. It is a simple word processor you can use to view and edit text documents.

TextEdit can read and write both plain text and rich text documents. The Rich Text Format (.RTF) allows you to format your document's text, adjusting its alignment, font, style, color, highlighting, and size. The text editor supports many different character encodings, including Unicode (UTF-8 and UTF-16), Western (Mac OS Roman), and Traditional Chinese (Mac OS). You can also add graphics, pictures, and videos to your document, converting its format to .RTFD (Rich Text Format with graphics).

While the program can open documents saved using most popular text file formats, such as Microsoft Office Open XML (.DOCX) and OpenDocument Text (.ODT), you'll likely lose some of your document's formatting and media when opening non-RTF or Plain Text Format files. For example, when opening a DOCX file, TextEdit will remove any pictures included in the document.

If necessary, you can save TextEdit documents using the Plain Text Format (by selecting Format → Make Plain Text from the TextEdit menu bar). Keep in mind, however, that doing so will remove any formatting and media you've added to your document.

All in all, Apple TextEdit is a handy, basic text editor for any Mac user. It is a useful tool for viewing and editing multiple types of text files. Just keep in mind that if you use TextEdit to open a DOCX or ODT file, the program will likely alter your document's formatting.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.RTF - Rich Text Format File
Other file extensions used by Apple TextEdit:
# File Extension Name
1 .0 Incomplete Mario Kart Wii Course
2 .A Static Library
3 .AAE Sidecar Image Edit File
4 .ADOC AsciiDoc Document
5 .APPODEAL Appodeal Text File
6 .ARENA Quake 3 Engine Arena File
7 .AS ActionScript File
8 .ASL LiveSplit Auto Splitter Script
9 .AWK AWK Script
10 .BACKUPINFO AromaBackup Metadata
11 .BF Brainf*ck Source Code File
12 .BMK Nokia Device Bookmark File
13 .BS Baldur's Gate Player Character Script
14 .CEL Celestia Script File
15 .CELX Celestia Script
16 .CFG Cal3D Model Configuration File
17 .CFG Wesnoth Markup Language File
18 .CHART Guitar Rhythm Chart File
19 .CIR Micro-Cap Schematic
20 .CJS CommonJS Code File
21 .COMMAND Terminal Command File
22 .CONF Generic Configuration File
23 .CONFIG Configuration File
24 .COT Coyote Source Code
25 .COT Coyote Source Code File
26 .CRASH Mac OS X Crash Log File
27 .CSS Cascading Style Sheet
28 .CSV Comma Separated Values File
29 .CWC Coding with Chrome JavaScript File
30 .DAT Nintendo Wii DAT File
31 .DCF Dyalog Component File
32 .DEL Delimited ASCII File
33 .DIZ Description in Zip File
34 .DS DAZ Studio 1/2 Script
35 .DSC Text Description File
36 .DTD Document Type Definition File
37 .DTS Device Tree Source File
38 .DXO DesignXOver File
39 .DXO DesignXOver Speaker Circuit Design File
40 .EAL Kindle End Actions File
41 .EBACMD EBA Command Center Command
42 .EBACMD EBA Command Center Data File
43 .EBAIMPORT EBA Command Center Importable
44 .EET ESP/ESM Translator Database
45 .ENTITLEMENTS Mac App Sandboxing Entitlements File
46 .ERB Ruby ERB Script
47 .ERR Error Log File
48 .FLATPAKREPO Linux Flatpak Repository
49 .FZB Fritzing Bin File
50 .FZP Fritzing XML Part Description
51 .GALAXY Blizzard Galaxy File
52 .GW GeneWeb Source File
53 .HAML Haml Source Code File
54 .I6 Inform 6 Source Code File
55 .ICF Zoom Router Configuration File
56 .INFO Generic Information File
57 .IQY Internet Query
58 .ISS Inno Setup Script
59 .JAV Java Source File
60 .JSON JavaScript Object Notation File
61 .JSONL JSON Lines File
62 .JSX React JavaScript File
63 .KDS KD Player Skin File
64 .KTR Keter Source Code File
65 .L Lex Source File
66 .LD Linker Script
67 .LEMON Sonic 3 A.I.R. Script
68 .LIN Bridge Base Online Hands File
69 .LIST JAR Index File
70 .LNK42 Windows 93 Desktop Shortcut
71 .LOG Log File
72 .LST Data List
73 .M Mathematica Input File
74 .MAN Unix Manual
75 .MC Molecular Constructor Molecule
76 .MC Molecular Constructor Molecule File
77 .MDBACKUP iPhone Data Backup File
78 .MDINFO iPhone Backup Information File
79 .MDL Warcraft 3 3D Model Text File
80 .MDOWN Markdown File
81 .MDX MDX Source Code File
82 .ME Readme Text File
83 .MENU Quake 3 Engine Menu File
84 .MIS Marble Blast Mission File
85 .MISSION Vega Strike Mission File
86 .MKD Markdown Documentation File
87 .MMMACRO Mini Mouse Macro File
88 .MNU TomTom Menu File
89 .MPD MPEG-DASH Media Presentation Description
90 .MPS Mathematical Programming System File
91 .MXML Flex MXML Component
92 .NAMES Data Set Description File
93 .NDJSON Newline Delimited JSON File
94 .NET Dynagen Network Topology File
95 .NFO Warez Information File
96 .NML NewGRF Meta Language File
97 .NSNAKE nSnake Level File
98 .OCR FAXGrapper Fax Text File
99 .ODT OpenDocument Text Document
100 .ORG Emacs Org Text Document
101 .OUT Output File
102 .OZOCODE Ozobot Program
103 .P6 Perl 6 Source Code File
104 .PANIC Kernel Panic File
105 .PHL Kindle Popular Highlights File
106 .PID Process ID File
107 .PIMX Adobe Package Installation Management File
108 .PLOTDOC Plotagon Project File
109 .PMXML Primavera XML Project File
110 .PP Pocket Physics Sketch File
111 .PROPERTIES Minecraft Properties File
112 .PROTOTXT Prototype Caffe Model
113 .PRT Valve Source Portal File
114 .PS1 Windows PowerShell Cmdlet File
115 .PYM PYM Macro Preprocessor File
116 .QBL QuickBooks License File
117 .QUID QuidProQuo Document
118 .RASI Rofi Configuration File
119 .RB Rosebud Profile
120 .RED Red Source Code File
121 .REDS Red/System Source Code File
122 .RPMNEW Red Hat Package New Default Configuration
123 .RPMSAVE Red Hat Package Saved Configuration
124 .RPT Generic Report
125 .RST reStructuredText File
126 .RTF Rich Text Format File
127 .RTFD Rich Text Format Directory File
128 .RTX Rich Text Document
129 .S2ML StarCraft 2 Map Localization File
130 .S2QH StarCraft 2 Localization Header File
131 .S2QL StarCraft 2 Unit Localization File
132 .SAM SAM Studio Project
133 .SASS Syntactically Awesome StyleSheets File
134 .SC2LOCALE Blizzard StarCraft 2 Localization File
135 .SCRIPTSUITE AppleScript Script Suite File
136 .SCRIPTTERMINOLOGY AppleScript Script Terminology File
137 .SCSS Sass Cascading Style Sheet
138 .SHADER Quake 3 Engine Shader File
139 .SHTM HTML Server Side Include File
140 .SK Skript File
141 .SLST Game Data File
142 .SMALI Android Smali Assembly Language File
143 .SMT Autodesk Shape Manager Text File
144 .SOUNDS Quake 3 Engine Sound Definition File
145 .SPS Quake 3 Engine Speaker Definition File
146 .SQL Structured Query Language Data File
147 .SRC Source Code
148 .SSC Celestia Solar System Catalog File
149 .STRINGS Text Strings File
150 .SUA Special Use Airspace File
151 .SVELTE Svelte Source Code File
152 .SYSTEM Vega Strike Virtual System File
153 .TET Godot Engine Script Editor Theme
154 .TLINE TimelineOnline Data File
155 .TOML TOML Configuration File
156 .TRASHINFO Linux Trash Metadata File
157 .TRG TriggerReactor Script
158 .TRI Triangle Mesh File
159 .TXT Plain Text File
160 .URCL URCL Assembly Source Code File
161 .URL Internet Shortcut
162 .UTF8 Unicode UTF8-Encoded Text Document
163 .VCF Variant Call Format File
164 .VNT Mobile Phone vNote File
165 .VPP V++ Script
166 .WEBARCHIVE Safari Web Archive
167 .YML YAML Document
168 .ZSH-THEME Oh My Zsh Theme

Updated: September 27, 2020

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