Apple builds plenty of handy dandy technologies into OS X that few Mac users know much about, let alone use. Automator. AppleScript. Services. The latter is a favorite but only when you can find a utility that gives Services something to do. Here’s a good one and it’s free.
This installable utility is called WordService and it’s like a mini-word processor that works from the Mac’s Services menu so it’s available to use within other apps. For example, select the Safari menu in the Mac’s Menubar (works on most Mac apps, though), and you’ll see the Services selection in the drop down menu.
It looks like this.
Once you’ve installed WordService that’s where you’ll find the text editing menus.
What do you get? Within your app simply select the text you want to modify, then click the app’s Menubar menu, select Services and the WordService menu should be visible.
Built in to WordService are text editing options to reformat paragraphs, clean up tabs, line endings and quotes, and a whole lot more. Change the case of selected text, shift paragraphs, even get text statistics (my favorite) from the selected text.
If you spend a chunk of your Mac day working on text, code, documents, or anything else regard words, sentences, and paragraphs, WordService can save you some time and effort. And it’s free.