Macs All-in-One For Dummies
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Mac Snow Leopard makes it easy for you to create and edit your text files, such as word-processing files. Text files let you create and format documents that include text and photos and even embed music and video files for Web pages you build.

Virtually every computer ever built can read and write in standard text, so text files are often used for information files on the Internet, such as FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions); for README files and updates; and for swapping data between programs through, for example, comma- and tab-delimited database files.

Here’s the quick skinny on opening, editing, and saving an existing text file:

Navigate to your Applications folder and double-click TextEdit.

Navigate to your Applications folder and double-click TextEdit.

Your TextEdit window opens.

Press cmd+O.

Press cmd+O.

The Open dialog appears.

Navigate to the desired text file and double-click the filename to load it.

Navigate to the desired text file and double-click the filename to load it.

You can also open an existing text file by dragging its icon from the Finder window to the TextEdit icon.

Click the insertion cursor anywhere in the file and begin typing.

Click the insertion cursor anywhere in the file and begin typing.

To edit existing text, drag the insertion cursor across the characters to highlight them and type the replacement text. TextEdit automatically replaces the existing characters with those that you type. To simply delete text, highlight the characters and press Delete.

Press Command+S.

Press Command+S.

This saves your changes. Alternatively, you can save a new version by choosing File→Save As and typing a new, unique filename.

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Joe Hutsko has been writing about computers, gadgets, and video games for over 20 years. He worked at Apple from 1984 to 1988. Barbara Boyd is a coauthor of multiple editions of iPhone All-in-One For Dummies. Boyd worked at Apple from 1985 to 1990. Jesse Feiler is a developer, web designer, trainer, and author. He has worked with mobile devices starting with Apple’s Newton and continuing with the Apple’s iOS and OS X products, including the iPhone and iPad. He is heard regularly on WAMC Public Radio’s The Roundtable. Doug Sahlin operates a professional photography business specializing in event and portrait photography. He's the best-selling author of more than 20 books on computer applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat. He's written four books on digital photography. Sahlin also writes mysteries.

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