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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?

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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

To set this for TextEdit only (thanks to comment by gklka)

defaults write com.apple.TextEdit NSShowAppCentricOpenPanelInsteadOfUntitledFile -bool false
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    This still works for macOS Monterey, (I only tested the last one from gklka) Mar 1, 2022 at 15:21
  • The last one from gklka also still works in Ventura 13.2.1. Thank you!
    – Onkel-j
    Mar 1, 2023 at 14:05
  • @Lri Any idea how to do that for preview app ? I can’t toggle specific app from iCloud Drive sync options. Oct 6, 2023 at 0:26
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System Preferences > iCloud > iCloud Drive ( Options ) > uncheck TextEdit.

Starting with macOS Ventura, it is System Settings > Internet Accounts > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Options > uncheck TextEdit.

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    Easiest answer!
    – puerile
    Feb 23, 2021 at 4:35
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    Still working for me in 2022. Thanks! Feb 19, 2022 at 12:11
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    The only thing I was missing from Windows was how quick the notepad was opening. Now it also is solved. :-) Jul 16, 2022 at 7:44
  • I didn't need iCloud in TextEdit (for now) so this works perfectly. It's in System Settings > Internet Accounts for Ventura. Also, it took a while before the unchecking saved properly.
    – ADTC
    Jan 2, 2023 at 13:03
  • This one worked for me quickly and easily. Thank you!!!!!!!
    – Michael J
    Mar 2, 2023 at 17:34
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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, 2012 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, 2012 at 21:26
  • his will remove your files locally as I ´ve did in OSX 10.13.6! Aug 30, 2023 at 0:38

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