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WordService provides a large number of commands for working with selected text:
  • Reformat text paragraphs
  • Clean up tabs, quotes, line endings
  • Remove unwanted text parts
  • Sort lines or paragraphs
  • Change case
  • Shift paragraphs right or left
  • Obscure using Rotate 13
  • Insert date, time, or file path
  • Get text statistics
Extend your favorite text processor, email app, or Web browser with all the functions listed above.

What's New

Version 2.8.1:
  • NEW: Can be double-clicked and installed like an application.
  • NEW: Spanish localization by Ramn Navajas.
  • Improved: Sorting of lines uses localized sorting rules.
  • Improved: Initial Caps of Sentences service.
  • Improved: Updated services names optimized for OS X Lion more...


OS X 10.6.8 or later

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Akanico Member IconReview+35

Using this mostly for the change case services with custom keyboard shortcuts and could not go back to use the contextual menu, this is a great time saver.

Probably don't need to upgrade to this version since it was working fine for me but it's great to see it still being developed.

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Version 2.8.1
flash1296gmailcom8977 Member IconReview+14

So sad that this awesomeness is now orphan-ware !!

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Version 2.8
Ochre Member IconReview+66

Seems to work just fine in 10.8.5. You just have to:
a) double-click it after copying it to your Services folder, so that you can authenticate it to have run permissions
b) enable the majority of the available services in Services preferences.

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Version 2.8
Leoncahun Member IconComment+31

Did this stop working on Mountain Lion? It doesn’t work for me after upgrading from Snow Leopard; not at all; doesn’t load.

This is really unfortunate since it used to be such a great collection of handy little tools. An update would be so very welcome.

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Version 2.8
Charlie Reich Member IconReview+1
Charlie Reich

I recently downloaded Mountain Lion and soon after was contacted by a SAMUG member with a request on how to
make a simple column/listing of 1000 items and then sort it
in alphabetical sequence...

First off I discovered I had to go to,  → System Preferences → Security & Privacy, then unlock my padlock at the bottom of the window using my system password, and then select; Allow applications to be downloaded from → Anywhere.

A free software App allows many options added to TextEdit, which includes Sort Lines Descending which rearranges all words/sentences in alphabetical order. This free download is available from:

Download WordService for Mac - Text editor add-on for enhanced functionality. MacUpdate.com

This App adds a lot of functionality to theTextEdit application. To install go to your Finder toolbar → Go → hold down the Option key and select Library. Now drag the new WordService.service icon into the Services folder. You’re now ready to select the many new options available for use in the TextEdit application.

Go to your - Finder toolbar - under Finder → scroll down to Services, and select → Service Preferences . Scroll down the menu list and select: Sort Lines Ascending. Now you have the set-up installed and ready to work in TextEdit.

To test your new feature, type up a column of a few words in random alphabetical order such as; Zebra. Dog, Apple, cat, elephant. Now click and highlight your list, or go to your TextEdit toolbar → Edit → Select All, or keyboard command (Option → Shift → K).

To alphabetize your column go under TextEdit on your toolbar and select Services → Sort Lines Ascending. Your column will now be sorted in alphabetical order.

Your new Services→ Sort Lines Ascending tool will available in TextEdit’s toolbar when ever you need it.

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Version 2.8
Cowicide Member IconReview+1132

Fantastic services. Use them all the time to quickly clean up quotes, change caps in various ways, etc.

The one thing that I desperately wish it could do is ADD quotes to text like TextSoap can do and then my life would be complete.

tl;dr WordService can remove quotes, but can't add them to text. Would love that.

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Version 2.8
Captain Nemo Member IconReview+51
Captain Nemo

Nice to see an update. I have been using this service pack on a daily basis for years. i couldn't find anything wrong with it.

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Version 2.8
Achoco Member IconComment+2

When I hit “download now” the blue bar runs across, stops and nothing happens after that.
How do I install and use MacUpdate?
NOTE: I was a heavy Windows, Word, Outlook user and am trying to adapt to the Mac.

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Version 2.7
Yangzone Member IconComment+4

'Followed the install instructions. No show in Mail Services menu after log out. 'Supp?

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Version 2.7

Hey, in Snow Leopard just have a look for keyboard shortcuts in system preferences. There you are able to enable and disable most of the services and could assign keyboard shortcuts to them (hence the placement of this option, though hard to find).
In Leopard they just appeared - if I remember correctly.

Oh, and make sure you have text selected...


MacBenutzer Member IconComment+2

BTW, 3 of these functions: all caps, all lowercase, and initial caps for words can all be done by creating a key bindings file. Learn how to do this, and there's a whole bunch of convenient things you can do.

Unfortunately, this method does not let you define functions that can see what the text it's changing contains, so it cannot replace most of the great functionality in WordService.

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Version 2.7
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Version 2.8
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Version 2.8
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Downloads 34,971
Version Downloads 842
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Date 17 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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