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10.7: Exit TextEdit quickly without Save prompt Apps
If you use TextEdit as a scratchpad for typing in notes, and frequently close it without saving them, you wish to avoid Lion's longer wait to open a save dialog (which you don't always want) than the previous 'Do you want to save?' dialog.

While even an empty document (you typed something, then deleted it) will prompt for saving, a document with no undo history won't. I've found it's quicker on my system to use Command+Z to undo everything I've typed, then Command+W to close the window, than Command+W to close followed by a wait until I can dismiss the save dialog.

[crarko adds: That Save dialog does take a unusually long time to pop up. I'll make a guess this is because the system is doing its housekeeping for Autosave and Versions. Anyway, the method in the hint was definitely quicker when I tried it.]
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10.7: Exit TextEdit quickly without Save prompt
Authored by: sugarquay on Sep 28, '11 10:20:55AM

I don't have a delay on my system before the Open/Save dialog appears, butů if you're just using TextEdit as a scratchpad, then why not just quit the program when you've finished?

Yes, thanks to Lion's resume feature your previous text will still be there from last time, but does that matter if it's just a scratchpad? If you really must clear the text at any point simply Cmd-A to select everything and press delete. But so long as you just quit TextEdit when you've finished with it without trying to close its open window(s) first you need never see the Open/Save dialog.



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10.7: Exit TextEdit quickly without Save prompt
Authored by: GeJe on Oct 25, '11 11:53:17AM

Well in 10.7.2 at least I can't see the point : cmd+W then keeping cmd depressed and typing backspace dismisses the save dialog with no wait time, thanks to keyboard buffering.



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10.7: Exit TextEdit quickly without Save prompt
Authored by: RadicalxEdward on Sep 14, '13 10:05:31AM

I've found the easiest way to accomplish this without having to hit a bunch of keyboard shortcuts in a row (which isn't much better than just hitting don't save) is to utilize a *very* useful tool called "BetterTouchTool" which is a great free app that allows you to create custom gestures and keyboard shortcuts. From their site: http://www.boastr.de/

"BetterTouchTool is a great, feature packed FREE app that allows you to configure many gestures for your Magic Mouse, Macbook Trackpad and Magic Trackpad. It also allows you to configure actions for keyboard shortcuts, normal mice and the Apple Remote. In addition to this it has an iOS companion App (BTT Remote) which can also be configured to control your Mac the way you want."

I set up an app specific keyboard shortcut for "Option + Q" that triggers "Cmd + Q, then a .45 second delay, and then Cmd + del". It's the easiest, fastest and simplest solution I've found thus far. BTT is very straightforward IMO so anyone should be able to set it up without help. (Jeez I sound like an ad lol)

Hope this helps people.



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