Software : Apple : TextEdit

Apple TextEdit

(as of 3/24/2014)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Reads and writes files in the default RTF format
  • Opens popular Text Document formats such as Open XML used by Microsoft Word
  • Supports graphics, video, and audio using the RTFD format

Apple TextEdit is an open source text editor bundled with Mac OS X. It is a simple program useful for reading and editing text documents.

TextEdit reads and writes .RTF files, which use the Rich Text Format. This format supports different text attributes, such as alignment, font, style, color, highlighting, and size. TextEdit allows you to insert graphic, video, and audio files into the document and converts the document format to RTFD (Rich Text Format with graphics) and the file extension to .RTFD. It is able to read and write different character encodings, such as Unicode (UTF-8 and UTF-16), Western (Mac OS Roman), and Traditional Chinese (Mac OS). TextEdit also opens popular text document formats, such as the Open XML format used by Microsoft Word and the OpenDocument Text format used by Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice.

Apple TextEdit is a handy text editor for any Mac user. It can open a wide variety of text document formats, including RTF and Open XML. While it may not look attractive, TextEdit is a good option for reading and editing text files.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.RTF – Rich Text Format File

Other file extensions used by Apple TextEdit 1

Supported File Types
.CFGConfiguration File
.CONFIGConfiguration File
.CSSCascading Style Sheet
.CSVComma Separated Values File
.DOCMicrosoft Word Document
.DOCXMicrosoft Word Open XML Document
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.INFOGeneric Information File
.LOGLog File
.ODTOpenDocument Text Document
.RTFDRich Text Format Directory File
.TXTPlain Text File
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.DTDDocument Type Definition File
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.YMLYAML Document

Updated: March 24, 2014