In Lion, TextEdit used to open with a blank file by default. On Mountain Lion, it launches with a file picker by default — either for choosing to store the file in iCloud or for opening a local file.

How can I make TextEdit launch with a blank file by default in Mountain Lion?

  • Man this was bugging me. Glad you asked this question. – ClearCloud8 Aug 22 '14 at 22:50
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If you don't want to disable syncing documents and data, run

defaults write -g NSShowAppCentricOpenPanelInsteadOfUntitledFile -bool false

and quit and reopen TextEdit to apply the changes.

To restore (thanks to comments run)

defaults delete -g NSShowAppCentricOpenPanelInsteadOfUntitledFile
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    This is the right answer. – Danyal Aytekin Jan 3 '14 at 10:46
  • And, to reverse this if necessary, I think the necessary incantation is defaults delete -g NSShowAppCentricOpenPanelInsteadOfUntitledFile – Ashley Jan 28 '14 at 0:23
  • Awesome answer. I salute you. – Vinozio Oct 30 '14 at 16:13
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    On OS X El Capitan, I had to also follow these steps: Open Text Edit, Create New Document, Exit, Completely Quit TextEdit. After that, a new blank page came by default (at least for now) – KLaw Dec 18 '15 at 20:21
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    Still working after 5 years!!! – Seifolahi Mar 11 at 6:13

Go to System Preferences > iCloud > uncheck "Documents & Data" from the sync list.

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    Doing this will remove the possibility to save and sync documents and data from any application in OS X. – Hoshts Aug 20 '12 at 21:26
  • It's the only way - otherwise, it'll prompt whether you want to save a document to iCloud or locally. Remove iCloud from the mix, you get a blank document locally. – hiiambo Aug 20 '12 at 21:26

System Prefrences > iCloud > iCloud Drive ( Options ) > uncheck textEdit

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