Tag Archives: TextEdit

How to create a quick ASCII banner in the OS X Terminal

NewTerminalIconXEven if you are not a Terminal wizard, there are some fun tools and features of it that can be amusing. For instance, some online services are available for you to log into with Telnet and watch a text-based version of Star Wars, or you can play odd games that folks have coded into the “emacs” editor, among others. If you are ever sitting at your Mac and suddenly have the urge to print out a massive banner of a text phrase, then you can do that to. Continue reading

How to edit files in TextEdit from the OS X Terminal

NewTerminalIconXIf you are a Terminal user, then you very likely spend a fair amount of time editing various text files, be they configuration files, scripts, or data files you might use for your work. For a seasoned Terminal veteran, the various text editors like vi, emacs, and nano, may offer all the tools needed for getting the job done, but for those less familiar, managing these tools can be cumbersome. Luckily, in OS X there is a quick way to make use of GUI-based programs for handling pretty much any document you might encounter in the Terminal. Continue reading

Terminal Tip: How to quickly open output in a text file

TerminalIconXWhen using the OS X Terminal, you will be dealing with text output from the various commands you run, be it a directory listing after running the “ls” command, or brief help for some commands that will show when you enter just the command with no additional arguments. Regardless of what it is, you may find that frequently the output can be extensive, and may wish to save it in a more permanent way. Continue reading

Tip: Auto-complete words in OS X

RTFIconXAuto-complete options when using your Mac can often be exceptionally useful. For example, if you are a Terminal user, then when you enter a command you can type the first few letters of a command and then press Tab to have the Terminal show you the available commands based on those initial letters. You can do the same when typing file and folder paths in various parts of OS X. Continue reading