[X-Apps] TextEdit won't launch

Judy Antipin jlap at comcast.net
Sun Dec 22 16:28:22 PST 2002

hi Tom,

You may have missed this in my original email, but I already removed the 
TextEdit.plist, and it didn't help. Actually, I went back in there after 
your email and thought I'd give it a second try, but there is no plist 
in preferences, because I can't launch TextEdit, so it can't create a 
new one! (I saved the old one just in case).  What happens when I double 
click TextEdit is that the icon swings into view in the dock for a 
second and then shrinks down and disappears. I just put the old plist 
back in and it's no go. I even tried to open it again from the terminal 
window, and the same behavior happens. The only way I can open .txt docs 
in OSX is to open them from WITHIN  MS Word X.

FINAL NOTE: I did open Simple Text in Classic Mode (from system 9.xxx 
apps) and now .txt items will open on click, but I really want TextEdit 
to work - I've gone to a lot of trouble (upgrading all my apps)  not to 
have to use Classic, and I'd like to keep it that way. Anyone know if 
there's a way to reinstall it from the system disks without reinstalling 


Thomas Karns wrote:

> On Sunday, December 22, 2002, at 03:11  PM, Judy Antipin wrote:
>> I'm having a problem with TextEdit not launching in 10.2.2  (10.2.3
>> after update). I've repaired permissions, used disk utillity repair from
>> the install disk,  ditched the plist and even tried to open it from
>> within Terminal. Each time it 'flexes its muscles' in the dock, then
>> disappears. If I click on a .txt document nothing happens. I've checked
>> Apple support pages and Macintouch and can't find anything.
>> Judy Antipin
> Try this Judy.  Go to /Users/your user name/Library/Preferences/ and 
> move this file to your desktop.
> com.apple.TextEdit.plist  [This file will automatically be recreated 
> the next time you launch TextEdit.]
> Then try to launch TextEdit.  If that works, go ahead and put the file 
> you moved to the desktop in the trash, and empty the trash.  If it 
> doesn't work put the file back in preferences.  You will get a dialog 
> saying the file exists, do you want to replace it?  Say yes.
> Good luck
> Tom K.
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