Every time I save a TextEdit file 'SAVE' always goes to iCloud, even though I have been saving to another folder. Can I stop 'SAVE' from doing this?

I run OS X 10.9.4


Saving to cloud is easy to disable in system preferences:

  1. Go to the iCloud Preference Pane
  2. Select iCloud Drive
  3. Click on "Options"
  4. Check and uncheck the apps you want saved in iCloud.

This was tested on Yosemite and a Macbook Pro 2015

  • TextEdit was taking forever to open on my machine, and unchecking the box for TextEdit solved the problem. – Chad Johnson Jun 12 '19 at 17:44

You can run the following Terminal command, which will revert the new behaviour of saving new files to iCloud:

defaults write com.apple.TextEdit NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false

To set this for all apps, run…

defaults write -g NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false

To revert, replace false with true.

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