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Change the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac
The default save location for TextEdit (and other apps that can store documents on iCloud) is iCloud. It takes a few clicks if you want to expand the save dialog and save a file locally. There is no way to change this in the GUI, but if you run the following command in Terminal, this will set the default save location to On My Mac for all iCloud-compatible apps:
 defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false 
To change this back to the default, run this command:
 defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool true 
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Change the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac
Authored by: foresmac on Aug 20, '12 08:33:56AM

You have to quit and relaunch a currently running app for the change to take effect in that app.

FWIW, doing a restart and letting ML relaunch previously open apps is probably the easiest and fastest way to do this on an SSD-equipped Mac.



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Change the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac
Authored by: David Allen on Aug 20, '12 01:04:44PM

Isn't it a bit of overkill to use Terminal for a System Preference. Just go to System Preferences/iCloud and Turn off Documents and Data.

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Change the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac
Authored by: kirkmc on Aug 20, '12 02:02:21PM
If you do that, then none of your apps will sync data to iCloud. This merely changes the Open/Save dialogs, and you can still put files on iCloud if you want.
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Edited on Aug 20, '12 02:02:58PM by kirkmc


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Change the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac
Authored by: David Allen on Aug 20, '12 04:50:14PM

Turning this off prevents what apps from syncing what data?

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Change the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac
Authored by: kirkmc on Aug 20, '12 11:02:20PM

Data for apps that use iCloud. For example, I use ToDo to manage tasks, and it syncs using iCloud.

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Change the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac
Authored by: simplyodd on Aug 21, '12 09:52:03AM

Thank you so much!! Worked perfectly.



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Change the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac
Authored by: r-spx on Aug 22, '12 07:46:10AM

Ignore me. Dumb comment.

Edited on Aug 22, '12 07:48:26AM by r-spx



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Change the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac
Authored by: jakob.joergensen on Aug 30, '12 01:24:09PM

The BEST hint by far in a loooong time!

Thanks!



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Change the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac
Authored by: beverson on Sep 04, '12 07:41:46PM

I can't get this to work. The defaults write command is successful, because if I read it back it returns a 0 for false (and a 1 if I revert back to true). But it doesn't change the behavior in Pages/Keynote, even after a restart.

I stumbled upon this through Secrets, but this doesn't work there either — the checkbox that pertains to this hidden pref will not uncheck.



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Change the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac
Authored by: fluf on Nov 13, '12 02:57:16PM

By accident I typed "NSDocumentSavedNew..."
I wrote SaveD instead of save. But I didn't get an error, so what did that chagne?



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Change the default save location from iCloud to On My Mac
Authored by: efirmage on Mar 19, '13 11:06:33PM

This is fantastic. Drove me nuts. Thanks!



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