TextEdit save to iCloud by default Mac

When you go to save documents that you’re working on in Pages, Numbers, TextEdit, or another cloud-based app on Mac, the default location for that save is iCloud. And while this may be well and good for some people or some documents, you might get tired of changing that location each time to save elsewhere instead.

If you’d like to stop your Mac apps from saving to iCloud by default, you can do this with Terminal and we’ll show you how.

Open Terminal on Mac

If you’re familiar with using Terminal and use it often, go ahead and open it up. If you’re not, you can open Terminal quickly a few ways.

  • With Finder open, click Go > Utilities from the menu bar and select Terminal.
  • Click Applications > Utilities from your Dock and select Terminal.
  • Open Spotlight Search and type in Terminal.

Stop saving to iCloud by default

Now that you have Terminal open, just pop in the following command and then hit your Return key.

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false

That’s it! Note that you may need to restart your Mac afterward. Then, the next time you save a file with a cloud-based app on Mac, you won’t see iCloud in the Where field by default.

Terminal command stop saving to iCloud

Go back to saving to iCloud by default

If you decide down the road that you’d like to go back to saving to iCloud by default, it’s easy. Just enter the following command and then hit Return. Once again, you may need to restart your Mac for it to take effect.

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool true

Wrapping it up

Terminal can be a very intimidating tool if you’ve never used it or just don’t use it often. But once you get used to it, it can be a handy way to make things happen on your Mac much faster than searching for a setting that may or may not exist.

Do you plan to use this Terminal command to stop saving to iCloud by default on your Mac?

And if you’re interested in other helpful commands, check out these fun and useful Terminal commands for macOS or just head to our Terminal section.