3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2013 8:23 AM by JE125
JE125 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm a  non-apple user yet, but am trying to help my brother with his TextEdit program.  He needs to set margins and tabs for paper, but I don't know this program and it's hidden secrets.  I've tried looking it up online, but had no luck.  Any kind souls out there that will give me the basics, or at least a place to find the info.  Thanks for any help!

  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)

    He just drags the margin and tab icons where he wants them, or he can click in the ruler to set a new tab stop.


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    He can choose the type of tab stop to set by right-clicking in the ruler bar. If he doesn't see the ruler bar, he needs to make sure that the document is Rich Text, then to to Format -> Text -> Show Ruler.



  • Topher Kessler Level 6 (9,865 points)

    First make sure your document is an RTF (rich text) document. This is the default format, but can be done in the Format menu where you will have an option to "Make Plain Text" or "Make Rich Text" (if the option here says "Make plain text" then you are already in RTF format and are good to go).


    Next press Command-R to toggle the ruler, where you can drag the little triangles to set tab locations.


    For margins, you can drag the small downward-facing arrows on this toolbar to the desired location, but there are not vertical margin options in TextEdit.


    If you want more formatting options, then you will need a more advanced editor. Some popular ones are of course Microsoft Word and Apple's Pages, but there is the free OpenOffice (or NeoOffice, or Libreoffice) in addition to Bean and Mellel.

  • JE125 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the help!  I knew it was there somewhere--- just didn't know the secrets!