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How To Quickly Convert TextEdit To HTML For WordPress

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Not everyone uses Textedit on Mac, but I know a blog of bloggers that do. The problem is changing Textedit to HTML by pasting it into the WordPress visual editor doesn’t work very well. So, one day I sat down and figured out a super fast way to convert Textedit into clean HTML for WordPress, and, at the same time, to make some fast formatting changes, such as changing all links to open in a new window, and changing bold text into header (h2 or h3).  

Disclaimer: This hack requires a bit of HTML editing. It helps if you know a bit about HTML, but you really don’t need to know anything at all as long you follow my instructions carefully and exactly.

What The Textedit to HTML for WordPress Hack Will Help You Do

This hack enables you to:

  1. Remove all redundant HTML a post written in textedit when moving it to WordPress
  2. Change all bolded text (which I use for subheadings in textedit) into h2 or h3 tags at the push of a button
  3. Change all links in a post to open in a new window/tab at the push of a button (if you have a lot of outbound links).

What You Will Need

  1. Textedit and WordPress (obviously)
  2. Internet access so you can use the online CKEditor Demo
  3. A text search and replace extension for your browser (I use Search and Replace for Chrome)

Hope you find this helpful!

How To Quickly Convert TextEdit To HTML For WordPress

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One Response to How To Quickly Convert TextEdit To HTML For WordPress

  1. Jay Shelton August 5, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    This is precisely why I love Windows Live writer. It handles all the formatting and the UI would be pretty familiar to anyone who’s worked with WordPad. Unfortunately, it isn’t available on Mac.

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