Open Word into TextEdit
Mac Tip #217/19-October-2005
Microsoft Word is quite a costly piece of software and if you don’t really need it then you probably don’t have it on your Mac. There are plenty of free or inexpensive alternatives for writing text.
You can run into problems when someone who assumes you do have it sends you a Microsoft Word file as an attachment. You double click the file only to see a message telling you the computer can’t open it.
What every Macintosh computer comes with though is a piece of software called TextEdit. You’ll find it in your Applications folder and it can open Microsoft Word files. Note: I’m using Mac OS X 10.4; if you have an older version of the operating system this may not work.
There are several ways you can open a Word document into TextEdit. Hold down the Control key and click on a Word document. From the pop-up menu choose Open With and then choose TextEdit.app from the submenu.
You could also drop a Word document onto the TextEdit icon or choose Open… from TextEdit’s file menu and locate the document to open.