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What is the closest thing to Windows notepad on the Mac?
I'm using Leopard.
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Jul 25, 2009 at 0:09
Brian R. Bondy Brian R. Bondy
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TextEdit is included with OS X.
You can change it to Plain Text (
Format > Make Plain Text) for non-RTF text editing, or make Plain Text the default (
Preferences > Format).
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Jul 25, 2009 at 0:18
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If you want simple text editing, use TextEdit.
For code editing, one of the best choices is
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As already stated, TextEdit is the notepad of OS X (although a more powerful notepad that is). For more advanced stuff, TextMate (already recommended) is very nice. A nice free and famous alternative is Bare Bones's
You can do pretty much with either.
Jul 25, 2009 at 1:21
Martin Marconcini Martin Marconcini
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FYI - you can default TextEdit to plain text when it opens:
Under Format, click on "Plain Text"
Can't believe it took me this long to figure that out
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Editra for Mac is simple, free, open-source, highly configurable. All in all, it's my favorite Windows Notepad replacement for the Mac.
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Textmate, that works out-of-the-box just like notepad, plus you can activate (if you wish) more and more functions.
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