4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 1, 2006 2:56 AM by Malcolm Rayfield
jgcmac Level 1 (0 points)
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,

J.

MacBook Pro   Mac OS X (10.4.7)  

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • macjack Level 9 (51,639 points)
    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.


    -mj
    macjack@gmail.com
  • jgcmac Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Macjack,

    but my point was:
    Do not wrap to window, do not wrap to page, do not wrap to anything


    i.e: long, long lines where I can move to with the bottom scroll bar

    That it is not in the preferences

    J.

    MacBook Pro   Mac OS X (10.4.7)  
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 (28,075 points)
    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.
  • jgcmac Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Malcom,

    The widest option is not wide enough, I am afraid.

    Although I visualise the data with more sophisticated software, I need to do quick checks on the output. The records can be several hundreds characther wide if not more.

    Thanks,
    J

    MacBook Pro   Mac OS X (10.4.7)