12 Replies Latest reply: Apr 23, 2007 6:28 PM by Dah•veed
Teresa Linsey Level 3 (805 points)
Please can someone help with this simple ( for some) question?
Can you please tell me how to print from text edit so it stays the way it looks in the text edit page? and how can I alter the margin as it won't work when I try to copy the instructions in text help. Is there something I must do to make the print programme copy it exactly or what? I'm no typist but want to write something that I need to be able to change sizes with. I would be so pleased if someone could explain it simply. I used to use Appleworks but it didn't come with this computer. Thankyou. Teresa

imac 1.83 GHz intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Broadband 512 MB DDR2 SDRAM
  • Charles Minow Level 6 (9,180 points)

    I'm not sure what's happening, but here's a couple of things to look out for with TextEdit:

    It has two modes. It either edits plain text or it edits rich text. In plain text, you don't have much control over the appearance of the printout, but it's great for writing and editing programming code. The rich text mode allows you to change the fonts, margins, etc.

    You'll know if you're in rich text mode if you see a toolbar at the top of your window with a tab ruler, margin adjustments, and various menus and buttons for styles, alignment, spacing, etc. If you don't see this toolbar, go the the "Format" menu and switch it to "Make Rich Text".

    Now you should be able to adjust the margins, fonts, type sizes, etc.

  • Tim Yang Level 2 (425 points)
    Normally text edit is set to wrap your text according to how big the window is, so you can't really see where the text are and how big they are on a page. To change to wrap to page, go to Format > Wrap to Page, then you should be able to get more control on page layouts.

    There's no easy way to change margin, you need to go to File > Page Setup... and in Paper Size select Manage Custom size and set your own.

    You can always preview the document by going to File > Print... (command-p) and click Preview.

    hope this helps.
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,660 points)
    Some of this is faulty information. As Charles has already explained to her, by changing the Format to Rich Text she will have complete control over margins, tabs, etc by using the Ruler at the top of the page, just as in most simple word processors. In Preferences she can set how she wants TextEdit to open a new document when she Opens the app.
  • Teresa Linsey Level 3 (805 points)
    Thank you all so much for your helpful answers. I was able to print what I wanted how I wanted. Thank you. Teresa
  • Jpfresno Level 4 (3,020 points)
    Hi Teresa, Welcome to Apple's Users Help Users Forums.

    Glad you got it solved. I bet your friendly helpers like stars.

    Thanks in Apple Forums is through the Stars system. See the blue box at the top of the thread as well as the Apple emails re new posts to the thread.

    With the buttons just to the left of "Reply" for the OP = Original Poster.
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    Mark the buttons at the appropriate post. (Not this one. ;~) )

    Joyous Computing, JP
  • Teresa Linsey Level 3 (805 points)
    Thanks but I did post "answered" and click the green star. I can't see any of the blue things you're telling me about. Perhaps you could post a photo with an explanation . Thank you. Teresa
  • Jpfresno Level 4 (3,020 points)
    Hi Teresa, sorry if I appear obtuse.

    The "Blue Box" is at the top of the thread where it says "Answered ... ."

    The mark buttons to award star and flag for other readers are just to the left of the reply button.

    If you have some free time, these forums are, you probably already know, are a great place to browse and learn.
  • Teresa Linsey Level 3 (805 points)
    OK Thanks Teresa
  • Tim Yang Level 2 (425 points)
    Sorry, I didn't realize about the tabs on the rulers, oops. (guess need to read better). But I think the wrap to page is still correct, other wise the text flow to whatever your window size is, which is not really good for page layouts.
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,660 points)
    Not true. That only occurs for a text doc that has no set margin. Once you have set the text to have specific margins, no matter how wide you open the window, the text will not flow beyond the margin.
  • Tim Yang Level 2 (425 points)
    I don't want to hijack this thread, but you are right, though if the window is instead narrower than text, it will be wrap to window even if you have margin set, but this is still a rare condition.
  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,660 points)
    I think I am now understanding what your point is.