How to Use Plain Text Mode By Default in TextEdit App in macOS

Here we have outlined how you can set Plain Text format as default in TextEdit App in macOS, check it out.

TextEdit app on Mac is useful in many ways. People like me mostly use it to take notes even though there’s a dedicated app for that, while others may use it for a different purpose. There are two options in the TextEdit app: Rich Text and Plain Text. Rich text (.rtf) lets you format text to Bold, Italics, underlined, etc. And the second option allows you to use plain text.

Plain text option comes in handy many a times, especially when you want to copy your text to some other location which may have different formatting options compared to TextEdit. There’s an option available in the TextEdit app that allows you to create new files in Plain Text instead of Rich Text. Let’s dive in to know how to use it.

How to Use Plain Text as a Default Format in TextEdit App on Mac

Step #1. Open TextEdit app on your Mac. The easiest way is to search for it in Spotlight search.

Search for TextEdit App in Mac Spotlight Search

Step #2. Click on TextEdit Menu and Go to Preferences.

Click on Preferences in TextEdit on Mac

Step #3. Check whether you are on “New Document.” tab. Under Format, you’ll notice that Rich text is select by default → Change it to Plain Text.

Use Plain Text By Default in TextEdit App on Mac

Whatever you type now will be in default plain text format. If you ever wish to roll back to Rich Text format, you need to go back to TextEdit preferences and select Rich Text.

That was about New file. But what if you want to turn the Rich Text to plain text in the existing document?

Change Rich Text to Plain Text in the Existing TextEdit File

In TextEdit, Click on Format Menu from the top navigation and Select Make Plain text → Click on OK.

Change Rich Text to Plain Text in TextEdit on Mac

Alternately, you can do it using a keyboard shortcut, Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + T.

That’s all folks!

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The TextEdit preferences also have other options like changing fonts, font size, spell checker, grammar checker, etc. These nifty features are worth playing around if you use TextEdit frequently.

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