Quick case changes
Is there an easy way to convert a block of text to all upper or lower case? I know this could probably be done with AppleScript or Automator, but I’m hoping there is a simpler solution, even if it involves a separate app, because I haven’t had much success with AppleScript in the past. Asif Mansur There’s no need for an app because there are several ways to do this. The simplest is to hold ≈, click a selected block of text and then move the pointer over Transformations. This submenu offers a choice of upper case, lower case or capitalising every word.
That method can be a bit laborious if you use it a lot, so you may want to assign a keyboard shortcut. Go to the Keyboard preference pane and click the Shortcuts tab. In the left-hand pane, select App Shortcuts, select All Applications on the right, and then click the + icon below that pane. In the box labelled Menu Title, type ‘Make Lower Case’ (without the quotes). Now click in the Keyboard Shortcut box and press the key combination you want to use, which needs to include at least one modifier key – that is, ç, å or ≈.
The advantage of setting up keyboard shortcuts is that they will work in any app that has a menu item called ‘Make Lower Case’, regardless of where it is found in the menu bar. The three transformations that appear in TextEdit’s contextual menu are also available in the menus of many other Mac apps, including Finder and Safari.
When an app doesn’t support OS X’s text transformations, you can set up shortcuts to the app’s own, if it has some.