13 Replies Latest reply: Sep 9, 2006 8:08 PM by jor
Thomas Bricker1 Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
I want to put photos into a TextEdit file.

Can you resize an image once it's in the document?

And how do you put a rule line into a TextEdit document?

G5 Dual Processor, Mac OS X (10.4.4)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (247,190 points)
    You first need to configure TextEdit for Rich Text Format (RTF.) You can use its preferences to set this as the default for new documents or you can change it for the current document using the Format menu.

    When in RTF format a ruler will appear at the top of the document window where you can set tabs, etc. You can insert images only in an RTF document by simply dragging the image and dropping it into the document window. The image will appear at the cursor position in the document. Images can be resized provided the image type is resizable.

    More help can be found by selecting TextEdit Help from the TextEdit Help menu.
  • Thomas Bricker1 Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
    Images can be resized provided the
    image type is resizable.


    And how is that accomplished?


    - T
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (247,190 points)
    Click on the image to select it, then resize by moving cursor to image frame edges or corners.

    I take it you've never done this before? Use the TextEdit help for assistance. I think you'll find that quite useful. However, keep in mind that TextEdit is a very basic editor and not truly a word processor. If you need more extensive text processing you may want to consider purchasing word processing software. If you purchased your Mac with iWork '06 then you should use Pages for extensive word processing. It's more capable than TextEdit.
  • Thomas Bricker1 Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
    The truth of the matter is Im an Art Director with 20 years of experience using professional layout applications like InDesign.

    I am trying to learn how to use TextEdit a little better because the time tracking software I use creates its invoices in TextEdit.
    I want to be able to whip around the images that I place into a TextEdit document so that they are sized to my liking.

    In Word I can resize a placed image to my hearts content.
    I cant stand Word on many fronts so I avoid it like the plague.
    And yes I have much greater control in Apples Pages but I have to do what Im doing in TextEdit.

    I find it amazing that it is so difficult to pull this off.
    I am simply trying to resize a placed jpeg.
    Im not reinventing the wheel here...
  • Steve M. Level 5 Level 5 (4,740 points)
    Thomas,

    Can you resize any images using TextEdit?

    Regards,
    Steve M.
  • jor Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    <quote>You first need to configure TextEdit for Rich Text Format</quote>
    How does one do that? I'm using TextEdit Plus (4.9.7) and I don't see anything in Preferences that allows a global change. I do note I can save to many formats though? Thanks. (sorry for the slight hijack)
    jor
  • Steve M. Level 5 Level 5 (4,740 points)
    Go to TextEdit > Preferences > New Document and choose Rich Text. That should do it.

    Regards,
    Steve M.
  • Thomas Bricker1 Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
    Not that Im aware of.
    Can you?
  • Steve M. Level 5 Level 5 (4,740 points)
    I tried and I couldn't do it either. I don't know what else to suggest.

    Regards,
    Steve M.
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (247,190 points)
    Tom,

    I apologize. Apparently TextEdit does not permit resizing images (I found that in the TextEdit Help.)

    I suppose your option is to use an image editor to create a smaller version of the image before pasting it into the TextEdit document. I can highly recommend GraphicConverter for that (www.versiontracker.com.) However, there's a nice little utility called ScaleNMail that only resizes images. It works quite well and the resized image can be dragged from the ScaleNMail window directly into a TextEdit RTF document (I've tried it.)
  • jor Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Go to TextEdit > Preferences > New Document and
    choose Rich Text. That should do it.

    Regards,
    Steve M.


    Hmmm... I don't have any RTF choice in my Tex-Edit Preferences, just a dialog with nine tabs. One of those is "Doc" but it doesn't offer any RTF choice. I'm using the free version so maybe that's it. Thanks.
    jor
  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,605 points)
    The original poster is talking about TextEdit. Tex-Edit Plus is a completely different program.
  • jor Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    TextEdit, Tex-Edit. Yikes! I didn't realize they were two different apps. Thanks for the tip.
    jor