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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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You could also use WriteRoom. It's based on TextEdit but has a few additional features like customizable themes.

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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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While Louis told you the literal way to change your font and background color, the cursor will remain unchanged, making the editor practically unusable. That's just the Apple way.

Your best bet is to switch to another editor (like in Lauri's response) or simply tint your background to something less glaring than hard-white.

I know this ain't the answer you're looking for, but this is a computer for people who do NOT want the complexity of customization. Sorry.

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Aw, I see I hurt some MacNut's feelings. But despite many people's unconditional love, Apple products are designed to work one way: the Apple way. It's like Henry Ford, "Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black." The truth hurts. –  Scott Biggs May 7 at 5:55
    
I'm assuming you're not trolling because I'm on StackExchange, but saying that OS X only works in the "Apple way" and isn't customizable is only a thought that is reinforced by a group of people who got mad after trying to open a .exe file the first time they used a Mac. –  Louis Boux May 26 at 16:16
    
@Louis: Prove me wrong; how do you change change the color of the cursor in TextEdit? You might even get some points for a correct answer here. –  Scott Biggs May 27 at 17:10
    
You can't change the cursor color in TextEdit you can't in NotePad (windows) or gedit (linux). So I guess having those kind of text editors by default in your OS is not really the "Apple way" but everyone's way. If you want those features you're gonna have to use another text editor because those those kind of programs are just simple text editors that exist so you can quickly edit any text file such as config files, which is why the default font in them is monospaced. I wouldn't know what programs to recommend to the OP because I'm a software engineer. I don't write anything other than code. –  Louis Boux May 27 at 20:02
    
OS X is 100% POSIX compliant, which gives you access to a limitless number of tools that lets you do anything you could possibly want with any computer. The fact that you would even suggest that OS X is not for people who want the complexity of customization could only mean that you are either trolling, or that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. –  Louis Boux May 27 at 20:21
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