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?


This is not just TextEdit, it's Mavericks.

Under System Preferences > Keyboard, you can change the quotation marks.

Go to the 'Text' sub-menu. On the right-hand side of the box, uncheck the "Use smart quotes and dashes" checkbox.

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    For those that still can't find it, more specifically: System Preferences > Keyboard > Text > Uncheck the "Use smart quotes and dashes" checkbox. – Asaph Jun 20 '14 at 17:07
  • For the ones which already have a file damaged with this little hanging worms (I mean ‟ ″), look at the answer from igaar: apple.stackexchange.com/a/171855/22003 . – dan Jul 29 '15 at 8:11
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    "Smart quotes"? More like... "Dumb quotes". – asdfasdfads Feb 20 '17 at 15:21
  • @Rob, Are you sure it's the problem with the OS itself? Then why do other apps not have this problem except for Textedit>? – Pacerier Aug 6 '17 at 1:02
  • @Pacerier probably because only mac native apps rely on that behavior. Similar to how mac text autocorrect only works in safari, etc – chrismarx Jul 13 '18 at 12:36

The following procedure worked for me:

In TextEdit select all your text by pressing ⌘ Cmd-A and then go to Edit > Substitutions and uncheck Smart Quotes. Make sure Smart Quotes is not active and it should be solved.

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    This should be the correct answer. – Pacerier Aug 6 '17 at 1:02

If you already unchecked System Preferences > Keyboard > Text > Use smart quotes and dashes.

There's also a checkmark on TextEdit > Preferences > "Smart quotes" (I don't know the translation but it something like that).

Be sure to uncheck that one too.

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