TextEdit is a simple application for quickly writing text and notes. The text can be edited in RTF (Rich Text Format) mode, as well as plain text. With the following defaults write command you can enable plain text as default format in TextEdit.
Copy and paste the following command in OS X Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.TextEdit RichText -int 0
Revert to the default setting with the following command:
defaults delete com.apple.TextEdit RichText
3 thoughts on “Use plain text as default format in TextEdit”
Preferences > New Document > Plain Text
Right? Am I missing something? This is what I have set, and all my new docs are plain text. I certainly admire anyone using Terminal, but this seems needlessly complicated.
You can also choose the Plain Text option in the Preferences > New Document.
This is way more helpful than antynihg else I’ve looked at.
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