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How do I set default background color in Textedit?

Preferences -> New Document -> Font doesnt help.

That black on white isn't too good in nights.

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Press command + T, you should see this window. enter image description here

Another solution to your problem might simply be to invert your colors, you can toggle that by doing control + option + command + 8

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Are you joking? This changes for one only opened document, not the default settings. –  Samat Nov 2 '12 at 7:44
Why does this have two upvotes? It is completely wrong. –  houbysoft Nov 4 '12 at 21:27
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You could also use WriteRoom. It's based on TextEdit but has a few additional features like customizable themes.

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