Using BBEdit

BBEdit is an application for use on a Macintosh computer. It allows you to create and edit text and HTML files.

Creating Files

To create a new file in BBEdit:

  • Go to the File menu, and move the mouse cursor over the New submenu.
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  • If you would like to create a new blank text file, select Text Document, and a document will open in a new window.
  • If you would like to create a text file with items from the clipboard automatically pasted in, select (with Clipboard).
  • If you would like to create an HTML document with basic tags already filled in, select HTML Document and the New HTML Document window will open to allow you to enter information about the HTML document you are creating.

Opening Existing Files

To open a file:

  • Go to the File menu, and select Open…. The Open: BBEdit dialog box will open.
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  • From the dialog box, select where the file is located under the From: field.
  • Select the document you wish to open, and click on the Open button.

Opening a File from an FTP Server

BBEdit allows you to open files from an FTP server. To do this:

  • Go to the File menu and select Open from FTP Server.
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  • In the dialog box that appears, enter the name of the server you want to access in the Server: field.
  • Enter your user name for the FTP server in the User Name: field and enter your password in the Password: field.
  • NOTE: It is strongly recommended that you do not select the Remember Password option. Selecting that option would allow anyone with access to your computer to access your FTP account.

  • Select the file you wish to open, and click on the Open button.

Saving Files

To save a file you have created:

  • Go to the File menu, and select Save As….
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  • Enter the name you wish to give your file in the Save As field.
  • Under the Where field, select where you would like to save the
    file.
  • If you would like to change the file options, click the Options… button to
    select the options. For more information on file options, refer to the BBEdit help document by
    selecting BBEdit Help from the Help menu.
  • Click the Save button to save the file.

Saving Files to an FTP server

To save a file to an FTP server:

  • Go to the File menu and select either Save to FTP Server or Save a Copy to FTP Server.
  • In the dialog box that appears, enter the name of the server you want to access in the Server: field.
  • Enter your user name for the FTP server in the User Name: field and enter
    your password in the Password: field.
  • NOTE: It is strongly recommended that you do not select the Remember
    Password
    option. Selecting that option would allow anyone with access to your computer to access your FTP account.

  • Select the directory you wish to save to, and click the Save button.

Getting Help

BBEdit has help guides available to assist you with utilizing the program. To access the help guides, select BBEdit Help from the Help menu.