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Making TextEdit Create an Untitled Document at Launch

Matt Christensen:

I use Text Edit all the time for ephemeral notes. I’ve never liked how in recent macOS versions you get a file picker instead of a blank document.

No more!

defaults write com.apple.TextEdit NSShowAppCentricOpenPanelInsteadOfUntitledFile -bool false

Alternatively, you can uncheck System Preferences ‣ Apple ID ‣ iCloud ‣ iCloud Drive ‣ Documents ‣ TextEdit. I like to do that so that I don’t accidentally save files to iCloud. When TextEdit knows that it will never be saving anything in iCloud, it won’t prompt you at launch. Note that it can be hard to find TextEdit in this list since it isn’t sorted alphabetically.

Previously:

4 Comments

Sadly doesn't work for Script Editor.

Is this a Big Sur-ism? Or is this some strange way of invoking it? I don't get a file picker in recent Catalinas.

@Sam It happens for me with Catalina and Mojave.

This also works for Preview with the com.apple.Preview bundle identifier -- of course preview doesn't have the same notion of an untitled document, but launching with an open dialog still bugged me all the same.

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