Share and Share Alike (Almost, Anyway)
Besides web pages, TextEdit exports to a variety of other formats, including RTF and Word documents. While RTF files are fairly consistent in how they appear in other applications, conversions to and from Word documents are not especially reliable. While text and text formatting carry across nicely, things like bullet points, multi-column text, footnotes, and so on either get mangled or fail to make the transfer altogether. Sometimes the best way to share documents is as PDF files. TextEdit doesn’t export PDF files via the Save As menu item, but through the Print screen, in common with other OS X applications.
Figure 10 Although fairly flexible in terms of bullets and lists, such formatting niceties will be lost when exported to the Word format; if such things are important, stick with RTF or PDF files instead.