How to Delete Multiple Texts on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Deleting multiple texts on Mac can be a time-consuming task if you don’t know the right techniques. Fortunately, there are several methods you can use to streamline the process and save yourself valuable time. In this tutorial, we will explore different ways to delete multiple texts on Mac using various built-in features and shortcuts.

Method 1: Using the Command Key

If you want to delete multiple texts quickly, using the Command key is an efficient method. Here’s how:

  • Selecting Continuous Text: Press and hold the Shift key while simultaneously clicking at the beginning and end of the text you want to delete. This will highlight all the text in between.
  • Selecting Discontinuous Text: Press and hold the Command key while clicking on each individual section of text you wish to delete.

    This will allow you to select multiple non-consecutive sections.

  • Delete the Selected Text: Once your desired text is highlighted, simply press the Delete key on your keyboard. Voila! The selected texts are now deleted.

Method 2: Using Find & Replace

If you have a specific phrase or word that needs to be removed from multiple sections of your text, using Find & Replace can be a real time-saver. Follow these steps:

  • Open Find & Replace: Press Command + F or go to Edit > Find > Find.. in your text editor or word processor.
  • Type in Your Search Term: Enter the phrase or word you want to delete in the “Find” field.
  • Leave “Replace” Field Empty: Make sure the “Replace” field is empty.
  • Select Text Portion: Choose whether you want to search the entire document or only a selected portion of it.
  • Review and Delete: The Find & Replace tool will highlight all instances of your search term. To delete them, click on the “Replace All” button.

Method 3: Using Automator

If you frequently find yourself deleting specific types of text, Automator can be a powerful tool. Here’s how to create a custom deletion workflow:

  • Open Automator: Search for “Automator” in Spotlight or find it in your Applications folder.
  • Create a New Workflow: Click on “New Document” and select “Workflow”.
  • Add Actions: In the search bar, type “Find Text” and drag the action into the workflow area. Set it to find the text you want to delete.
  • Add Delete Action: Search for “Delete Finder Items” and add it to your workflow.

    Make sure it’s set to delete the selected text.

  • Save Workflow: Give your workflow a name and save it in a convenient location.
  • Run Your Workflow: Now, whenever you want to delete specific text, simply open your workflow file and follow the prompts. It will automate the process for you!

You now have three effective methods at your disposal for deleting multiple texts on Mac. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, Find & Replace, or Automator workflows, these techniques will help you save time and effort.

Experiment with each method to find the one that suits your workflow best. Happy deleting!

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