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wrapping mode off TextEdit and safari

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jgcmac Calculating status...
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Oct 1, 2006 1:51 AM
Hi there,

does anyone know a simple way to switch wrapping mode off in Textedit?

Do not wrap to window, do not wrap to page, do not wrap to nothing.

I like Mac's policy of not outsmarting the user, but this wrapping tyranny is a bit of a disappointment.

I need to view quickly large ascii files with data records where every column (comma or space separated) is a variable, on wrapped mode is a mess, temperature becomes wind, wind humidity and so on.

Or is there any other [free] text editor available (I am using Xcode at the moment, for lack of anything better)

It would also be nice to turn wrap off in Safari. I have switched to firefox because of that.

many thanks,


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  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Oct 1, 2006 2:38 AM (in response to jgcmac)
    Hi jgmac, Welcome to Apple Discussions.

    "Wrap to page" is a preference in TextEdit. To turn it off choose your "TextEdit" menu >> Preferences >> New Document >> Format.

    iMac G4 17 FP 800 MHz 768MB, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 2 X LaCie d2's APC-UPS / iMac 333MHz 256MB 10.3.9
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
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    Oct 1, 2006 2:56 AM (in response to jgcmac)
    In TextEdit, use "Page Setup" in the File menu to create a very wide custom paper size. Then use "Wrap to Page". That should let you scroll horizontally with the bottom scroll bar or the Might Mouse ball. Printing may be a problem, though.
    Quicksilver dual 800 MHz, Mac OS X (10.4.7), ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition 256 MB


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