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Thick black line box with (x) in left corner in every paragraph

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It's like a thick black line is drawn in a square around every paragraph I go to.  There is an (x) in the upper left hand corner so if you

click the x the whole paragraph disappears.  But if you try to go up and edit the box it shakes and flashes every time you try to put

the cursor up in front of the first letter of the paragraph.  It makes it difficult and irritating to edit.  Does anyone know what this is or how

to get rid of it? 

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,545 points)

    • around every paragraph I go to


    Is this in Safari, in Mail, elsewhere?

  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,545 points)

    Go to Mail / Preferences / Fonts and Colors and try changing the settings there.


    Also, Mail / Preferences / Composing, and try changing stuff there.


    Sorry I cannot be more helpful right now, my Macbook running OS 10.7 is not available at the moment for me to verify stuff.


    In general however, you can change the Preferences in Mail and Pages, and see what works for you.

  • kostby Level 4 Level 4 (2,265 points)

    Welcome to Apple Support Communities.


    As you discovered, the boxes are delete-able entries in the web page when you are sending the web page in Mail.


    So, it is likely that you're viewing a webpage from Safari that you've subsequently opened to send in Mail, using the sequence File, Mail Contents of This Page.


    Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 12.22.00 AM.png


    There are several alternatives.


    1. Print the webpage to a pdf file from Safari with File, Print, and either:

    A) (simplest) Select pdf, Mail pdf; or

    B) (one step more complicated, but same end result) Select pdf, Save as pdf, and then Attach the saved pdf to your email.



    Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 12.24.15 AM.png


    2. Leave all the 'boxes' on the page as-is without any edits and simply hit 'Send'


    3. Highlight and copy the text (from the original webpage open in Safari) into the and delete the parts you don't want, saving the result as an .rtf (Rich Text Format) or .rtfd (Rich Text Format with Attachments, if applicable), and again re-attaching the saved RTF or RTFD to the email.


    4. Copy as in #3 and paste into Pages or Mac Word if you need more formatting options than TextEdit provides...


    Message was edited by: kostby

  • kostby Level 4 Level 4 (2,265 points)

    I edited the prior post a few times, perhaps after you read my first thoughts, so you might want to reload the thread.

  is located in the Applications folder. I use it often and have it in my Dock.


    I tried copying a web page into my Pages '09 v 4.1 app and did not encounter the black X boxes.


    Since you're new to Pages, one thing you might want to know about is that Inspector, Link Inspector (2nd from right) Hyperlink allows you to enable/disable all hyperlinks (web links are usually underlined and appear in blue) for ease of editing, so if you click on a link while trying to edit, it won't automatically try to open it in Safari again.

    Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 12.51.38 AM.png


    One more solution if you do LOTS of re-editing this way and need the ability strip out everything except the text is a paid app called ApiMac Clean Text. Details here:


    I used to do some programming, and a versatile text editor was an essential part of my 'toolkit'.

  • kostby Level 4 Level 4 (2,265 points) should already be installed in your Applications folder on your internal drive, probably called Macintosh HD. You should be able to locate it using Finder. Open the Applications Folder.

    Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 4.05.39 PM.png is included free in OS X versions up through 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, at least. The date and file size shown above in Finder are for the version included with OS X 10.6.8.


    I haven't used OS X 10.7 Lion or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, so I'm not POSITIVE it's still there, but a quick Google search indicated that it is.


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