TextEdit in Mavericks changes the standard double quotes
"Hello" to using curly, non-ascii quotation marks
“Hello”. It does this even when you edit plain text documents. Is there a way to prevent this new behavior in Mavericks?
I tried unchecking the Smart quotes option in both the MAC system preferences
system preferences -> keyboard -> text tab untick the use smart quotes and dashes option and in textedit app preferences at
textedit -> preferences -> uncheck smart quotes and dashes in rich text documents only option
But the issue was still not resolved for me. When I type single quote or double quote in rich text document then it is converted to curly quote. For example, if I do a search using
command+F for the single quote then it will not find any.
The only way I was able to solve this in my MAC is that I need to use
ctrl key when typing either single quote or double quote. For example, when typing single quote I need to type
ctrl + singlequote and when typing double quote I need to type
ctrl + shift + doublequote
I am using MAC OS Catalina and rich text document, hope someone can point to a permanent fix for this rather than remembering the keyboard shortcut each time.
It appears that by default, TextEdit (and other apps) inherit from the
preferences -> keyboard setting.
But they only inherit from it at start time. So you can change it in
preferences -> keyboard, then restart you app.
Or if you specify it within the apps
Edit menu -> Substitutions -> Smart quotes then it appears to override whatever the keyboard preference is (permanently) but for just that app. So they both work.