3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2013 3:43 PM by Jeffrey Jones2
KenA58 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

In TextEdit, one can make a document plain text.  But even there, it is not apparent how one can write (C) without it turning into a copyright symbol.  How do I do this?


I have no idea what "Plain Text" even means, when it changes symbols like that.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,125 points)

    Plain text means the old ASCII text standard, which has no copyright symbol.

    TextEdit otherwise uses Rich Text which is a reduced Microsoft Word format.


    If you want special symbols to be sent to people who have any type of computer, Adobe Acrobat PDF format can preserve symbols and formats if you use the Print dialog's Save to PDF function.   Of course the other person either needs a Mac OS X machine, or an Adobe Acrobat Reader on their computer  Alternatively, you can make a webpage that supports the copyright symbol with the HTML code of:


    © or



    Use a text editor to edit your HTML such as http://www.barebones.com/ Textwrangler.

  • KenA58 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, a brody.  Though plain text is supposed to mean the ASCII text standard, apparently Apple decided it does not, so even when you set TextEdit to plain text, it turns (C) into a copyright symbol.


    I am not interested in sending special symbols to anyone, or in writing anything in html (which I know nothing about.)  I am only interested in the mundane matter of having TextEdit documents (presumably in plain text) which contain the symbol combination (C).  Do you know if there's a way to do that? 

  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,605 points)

    That's the global text subsitution.


    System Preferences > Language & Text > Text. Uncheck "Use symbol and text substitution" or just uncheck "(c)".