Save Text File From TextEdit

TextEdit on macOS is a basic text editor used to read and write text files with basic or no formatting.

Issue : Not able to save .txt text file with no formatting in TextEdit

Description : When you try and save using TextEdit there is no option to save as a .txt file

TextEdit No Save txt Option

TextEdit No Save txt Option

Resolution : For a file that is currently opened you need to select Format > Make Plain Text

TextEdit Make Plain Text

TextEdit Make Plain Text

For a long term solution, select TextEdit > Preferences… then change Format from Rich text to Plain text

TextEdit Preferences Change To Plain Text

TextEdit Preferences Change To Plain Text

This will ensure that the save dialog will allow the file to be saved as a plain text (.txt) file

TextEdit Save txt File

TextEdit Save txt File

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