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Tables and TextEdit?  How do I delete rows or an entire table?

14737 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 4, 2010 9:30 AM by Steel Dragon RSS
AstroMacMan Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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I copied some info from a web page into a TextEdit document. It turned out to be formatted as an invisible table.

For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to delete a row or the table. I've tried all the usual methods, but nothing seems to work. Frustratingly, I can delete some bullets that were added (so, to add insult to injury, it auto formatted the text with bulleted list).

Any suggestions?


Stumbled into a brute force method-- changing the entire document from rich text to plain text and back again. Of course, that's not very helpful in prime time if you have tables you wish to keep! And, as I further discovered, it removes all formatted text, too!

There has to be a simpler method.
MacBook Pro (early fall 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • kostby Level 4 Level 4 (2,290 points)
    TextEdit is quite basic, as the name implies. Pages, OpenOffice, and many other choices offer far more control, including table editing.
    MacBook 2,1 (mid '07) 2.16Ghz/2Gb/500Gb, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
    Check the table option under the Format menu.
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
    With the table palette open, clicking on row or column size arrows adds or subtracts rows and columns, respectively. I have no idea what else you'd want.
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
    Sorry you didn't find it helpful. Then, as the other responder noted, TextEdit is the wrong tool for use, because it's a basic text editor, not a spreadsheet app. Try something like AppleWorks, Excel, Numbers, or any other spreadsheet app. If you want to pass on your enhancements to Apple's engineers, send an enhancement request via its Bug Reporter system. To do this, join the Mac Developer Program—it's free and available for all Mac users and gets you a look at some development software. Since you already have an Apple username/ID, use that. Once a member, go to Apple BugReporter and file your enhancement request. The nice thing with this procedure is that you get a response and a follow-up number; thus, starting a dialog with engineering. Also use this avenue for reporting bugs.
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • Steel Dragon Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    same problem, figured out a solution.

    i did the same thing, copied text from a webpage and pasted it into TextEdit. my solution was to go to Format/Table and I selected all the text and put "0" in for the Rows and "0" in for the Columns and the table was gone. now, you should know that, if you select all the text again and go to Format/Table, it will throw another default table in there, 2 Rows and 3 Columns. You just have to give the Rows and Columns a zero value.
    17" Macbook Pro i7, Mac OS X (10.6.4)


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