# Plain Text
PlainPad is an editor for plain text files with a clean interface. With its extensive default settings, PlainPad offers a myriad of options to customize the writing environment to your own needs and preferences. Whether quick notes, ideas, tasks or extensive texts, PlainPad offers an environment for all types of writing to put your thoughts into words.
## Customizable editor
PlainPad offers extensive preference options for the editor. In addition to the font type, size, color and background color, the font color and background color for selected text can also be set. In addition, there are settings available to change the spacing between lines and edges as well as a special area to adjust the cursor.
## Opening files
PlainPad can open all simple text files without question, e.g. files with the extension css, csv, h, html, m, md, markdown, php, txt, swift, xml and many more.
## Renove Text-Formattings
With PlainPad it is possible to remove styles and formatting from texts without much effort.
* Copy Paste
Add the desired text to the pasteboard and paste it into PlainPad and the inserted text is freed from any formatting automatically.
* Import of text documents.
Existing text documents with formatting can be easily imported into PlainPad. All formatting is removed so that only the plain text remains. PlainPad supports the import of the following known formats: txt, rtf, rtfd, html, doc, docx, odt, wordml, webarchive.
## Other special functions
* Write without saving
Just write something down and close the window again, but the save Dialogue disturbs? The save dialog can be switched off via the preferences of PlainPad.
* Always in the foreground
Does the document always disappear behind other windows when working in other programs? With the activated "Always on top"-feature, the document is always at reach.
PlainPad counts characters, words and lines automatically.
* Text encoding
PlainPad can handle a variety of text encodings and can be set specifically which encoding should be used when opening, saving and creating files.
* Open documents using the Dock
PlainPad supports the quick opening of files via the Dock. Simply drag the desired file onto the Dock icon of PlainPad and the corresponding file is opened.
PlainPad can also print texts and offers for printing a separate set of preference options. The font type and size well as the margins to the edges and spacing between the lines can be adjusted for printing.
## Support for various macOS technologies
* Dark Mode
For macOS 10.14 or newer the appearance is specified by the operating system itself. Older versions of macOS can change to the dark appearance, if desired, via the main menu action View > Toggle Light/Dark User Interface.
* Versions? You decide!
PlainPad supports the versions function of macOS, with which an earlier save point can be restored. However, this can also be deactivated via the preferences of PlainPad and the saving behavior of previous macOS versions can be provided.
The tab function for PlainPad can be activated via the main menu under the item Window (macOS 10.12 or newer).
* Fullscreen Mode
PlainPad supports the fullscreen mode. In order not to have to edit the text across the entire width and height of the screen, the working area can be adjusted via the preferences in order to create a comfortable writing environment.
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- text actions via the menu or shortcut
- indent and reindent of text
- move text up, down, left and right
- duplicate text up, down, left and right
- various commands to move the insertion point quickly
** Improvements: **
- allows handling of very large files that caused Plainpad to freeze. In these cases the character counter and the padding setting of the text field are deactivated
- if the option "Open untitled document on start-up" is deactivated, a new document can still be created by clicking on the dock icon
- Preference option for the editor: the font size can now also be set with a self-defined size in addition to the preset values
- minor internal updates
** Bug fixes: **
- fixes a bug in the display of the help pages