The default save location in TextEdit, as well as some other apps, is iCloud. While this can be handy for some, if you’re the type of person that prefers to have your files save locally, then saving to iCloud is a waste of time. Did you know that you can actually change the default save location for these apps?
There’s no way to change this in the GUI, but if you run this command in Terminal it will set the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac for all apps that are compatible with iCloud.
Here’s the command to change the save location from iCloud to “On My Mac” :
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false
If you want to change it back to the default, just run this command:
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool true
Boom, so long iCloud.