Make Mac OS X TextEdit open blank document by default

Issue

Opening TextEdit opens a Finder File Picker dialog instead of a blank text document.

Mac OS - TextEdit File Picker

Resolution

To fix the issue you need to disable TextEdit iCloud sync:

  • Go to System Preferences > iCloud click on Options next to iCloud Drive and then uncheck TextEdit.
    iCloud sync - TextEdit

August 2018
Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra)

 

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