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.
Step #2. Click on TextEdit Menu and Go to Preferences.
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.
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.
Alternately, you can do it using a keyboard shortcut, Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + T.
That’s all folks!
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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