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When I try to save a new file in TextEdit, I always get a popup saying I can't save with ".txt" at the end of the file name.

I want to save a plaintext file, but TextEdit insists on saving as .rtf instead. It also lists .doc, .odt, .html, and some others.

How can I save a TextEdit document as plain text?

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Welcome to mac where the help menu often does :-) – bmike Jul 14 '11 at 1:02
"Why doesn't" questions are unanswerable by everyone except Apple :-). I've edited your question to reflect your real goal. – Nathan Greenstein Jul 14 '11 at 1:31
@Nathan: Yes, much improved! – DarenW Jul 15 '11 at 18:44
up vote 16 down vote accepted

The format menu has a toggle to switch things for you.

Pressing shift + command + T will toggle the document to plain text mode. enter image description here

You can also set the default format in the preference pane for the app.

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