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In Lion, TextEdit used to open with a blank file by default. On Mountain Lion, it launches with a file picker by default — either for choosing to store the file in iCloud or for opening a local file.

How can I make TextEdit launch with a blank file by default in Mountain Lion?

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Man this was bugging me. Glad you asked this question. –  ClearCloud8 Aug 22 '14 at 22:50

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If you don't want to disable syncing documents and data, run

defaults write -g NSShowAppCentricOpenPanelInsteadOfUntitledFile -bool false

and quit and reopen TextEdit to apply the changes.

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This is the right answer. –  Danyal Aytekin Jan 3 '14 at 10:46
And, to reverse this if necessary, I think the necessary incantation is defaults delete -g NSShowAppCentricOpenPanelInsteadOfUntitledFile –  Ashley Jan 28 '14 at 0:23
Awesome answer. I salute you. –  Vinozio Oct 30 '14 at 16:13
Also works on Yosemite 10.10. –  NickWoodhams Nov 4 '14 at 10:17

Go to System Preferences > iCloud > uncheck "Documents & Data" from the sync list.

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Doing this will remove the possibility to save and sync documents and data from any application in OS X. –  Hoshts Aug 20 '12 at 21:26
It's the only way - otherwise, it'll prompt whether you want to save a document to iCloud or locally. Remove iCloud from the mix, you get a blank document locally. –  Bo Shubinsky Aug 20 '12 at 21:26
That's fucking terrible. –  anjunatl Feb 27 '13 at 19:22
Thanks, that was annnnoooyyying as hell! –  Leon Gaban Jun 24 '13 at 14:27

System Prefrences > iCloud > iCloud Drive ( Options ) > uncheck textEdit

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