The NotePad equivalent on the Mac is TextEdit.
It's located in the Applications folder.
It's simple, fast, and very light-weight. It is the default text reader on your Mac. It's the one that will open if you double-click on a plain text file.
I don't believe it has the Time and Date stamp feature.
But, it's going to be the closest thing to NotePad that comes pre-loaded on the Mac.
And, since all Mac's have it, it's the standard
Hope this helps.
You can use AppleScript to add the time and date feature. I've got to leave or I'd post detailed instructions, but basically you need to write a script to insert the current date and time into the front TextEdit document, then enable your script menu and put the script in it. I've seen example scripts in books about AppleScript that do exactly what you're asking about. You should even be able to assign a keyboard shortcut to it. I'll post instructions here later.
I might add that TextEdit is MUCH more powerful than Notepad. It's really a word processor that also happens to be included on every Mac and not bloated.
Thanks but the Time/Date feature was key.
Here's a link to an AppleScript that you can download and activate to copy the data and time to your clipboard and then paste into your documents:
They show the script in their conversation / discussion. But, if you get an account and log-in you can download it instead of doing things manually.
This script would then be able to work with any program that you can paste information into.
I hope this helps.
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I like the idea of using AppleScript. Looking for tutorals and such now. Also, found out how to add to the menu bar. Under info, found a date/time script. Not the format I want and it's way too much work. To the clipboard and then to the application etc. I want to hit a key and go.
Maybe those scripts you pointed out will do the trick. Still looking at those but...
How do I add those scrips to TextEdit? I click on Text Edit, Services, Script Editor but the options are disabled.
You would actually add those scripts to the system. Then, you could access them from any program.
At least that would seem to be the best method.
Many scripts can be used system-wide. And, then if you like, you could probably write a script that would perform the whole operation for you.
Perhaps assign a hot-key to a script that would use the first script to copy the time and date and then paste it.
With scripts, the flexibility is endless.
Another option is Automator. This one plugs-into your various apps and functions directly. You can fully customize your own functions with minimal time and a very low learning curve.
Here's some good articles on Automator to get you started:
Once you understand how the program works, you'll find it capable of building pre-programmed tasks for everything from file operations, to Safari, to e-mail, iPhoto, and so on.
Hope this helps.
Well, that didn't work. I can get it to do stuff but how do I assign it to a key? I did the example of giving me a list of folders but when I run it, I get two TextEditors. I don't want to run it from Automator. I want to run it from within TextEdit and have it paste in something like 07/05/2006 6:30AM where the cursor is.
Is it true that I can only use AppleScript system wide and not write something for just TextEdit?
If I can write something for just TextEdit, how do I get, uh... in there? I see plenty of script examples but nothing on how to assign it to the F5 key in just TextEdit.
Still researching this and other stuff. Thanks for the reply.