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Text Document Program - What to use?


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#1 JayJax

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 05:11 PM

What program to use with Mountain Lion to open a text document.   I can't believe an expensive computer such as an Apple comes without some sort of text software?

 

I'm trying to figure out how to use my new Tablet.

 

Trying to download a user guide but I'm on an Apple Mountain Lion and it asks me what program to use to open the text document?

 

 

I haven't got a clue?

 

Text Edit just brings up gibberish?


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 07:09 PM

TextEdit is the Mac OS' built-in program for reading text documents. If you are using TextEdit and getting gibberish, it is either not a text document (i.e. maybe a PDF document, in which case you want Preview); it is using some language that you do not have installed; or the text file is corrupted in some manner.

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 07:39 PM

TextEdit is the Mac OS' built-in program for reading text documents. If you are using TextEdit and getting gibberish, it is either not a text document (i.e. maybe a PDF document, in which case you want Preview); it is using some language that you do not have installed; or the text file is corrupted in some manner.

yes, it is a PDF document - I gave preview a try and it works fine.   Thanks for the tip.   I didn't realize Preview was used for PDF's.  Now I know.



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Posted 15 September 2013 - 10:36 PM

TextEdit is the Mac OS' built-in program for reading text documents. If you are using TextEdit and getting gibberish, it is either not a text document (i.e. maybe a PDF document, in which case you want Preview); it is using some language that you do not have installed; or the text file is corrupted in some manner.

yes, it is a PDF document - I gave preview a try and it works fine.   Thanks for the tip.   I didn't realize Preview was used for PDF's.  Now I know.


Yes, Preview is Apple's "built-in" program for PDFs. It will also deal with image files for viewing. FWIW, it is not just a "viewer" for PDF files...in can do many of the things that "full" Adobe Acrobat can do.

Of course, you can also use Adobe Acrobat Reader or the "full" Adobe Acrobat for viewing PDF files.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 11:40 AM

Thanks for the info I have a lot to learn






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