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When I try to save a new file in TextEdit, I always get a popup saying I can't save with ".txt" at the end of the file name.

I want to save a plaintext file, but TextEdit insists on saving as .rtf instead. It also lists .doc, .odt, .html, and some others.

How can I save a TextEdit document as plain text?

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The format menu has a toggle to switch things for you.

Pressing shift + command + T will toggle the document to plain text mode. Screen Capture showing the Make Plain Text menu item for Text Edit

You can also set the default format in the preference pane for the app.

Mojave dark mode screen capture of Text Edit preferences showing the RTF / TXT radio button preferences

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