Make TextEdit open with a new document, rather than a file open window

4 March 2015, 08:35

I used to use TextEdit all the time to jot down quick notes but since the introduction of iCloud it’s insisted on starting=up with a File Open dialog box, on which you have to click the New Document button. A PITA, if ever there was one. Progress, eh?

The following command pasted into Terminal (which is in the Utilities folder within Applications) will make TextEdit open straight to a new document each time, just like the old days. Triple-click the line to select all of it if you can’t see scrollbars and quit TextEdit first if it’s open:

defaults write com.apple.TextEdit NSShowAppCentricOpenPanelInsteadOfUntitledFile -bool false

Then reboot.

Should in future you wish to return to the default way of working, paste this in to the Terminal:

defaults delete com.apple.TextEdit NSShowAppCentricOpenPanelInsteadOfUntitledFile

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???— suraj · Apr 14, 06:37 AM · #

suraj · Apr 13, 10:38 PM · #

This worked perfectly. Thank you!

— Morgan · Dec 10, 12:46 PM · #

This worked perfectly. Thank you!

— J · Jul 7, 12:24 PM · #

Very helpful. Thanks.

— Rich · Aug 15, 07:59 AM · #

Thank you!! SOOOOO Much!

— Sean · Aug 24, 12:17 PM · #

Didn’t even have to reboot / restart Finder!

— Christo · Sep 20, 02:01 AM · #

Thank you!

— Khris · Sep 22, 08:55 AM · #

Non-intrusive ads. Are you f****** serious. They litter the top of the window, they are on the right, and on the bottom.

This is greed.

— callecx · Sep 25, 12:09 AM · #

This was awesome! Didn’t have to reboot. It just worked. Thank you!

— David · Oct 7, 11:19 AM · #

Beautiful. Works on El Capitan.

— Chris · Dec 5, 10:41 PM · #

 
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