How to Make .Txt File on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Creating a .txt file on a Mac is a simple process that can be done using any text editor application. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to create a .txt file on your Mac.

Step 1: Open TextEdit

To begin, open the TextEdit application on your Mac. You can find it by searching for “TextEdit” in Spotlight or by navigating to the Applications folder and locating it there.

Step 2: Create a New Document

Once TextEdit is open, go to the menu bar at the top of the screen and click on “File”. From the drop-down menu, select “New” to create a new document.

Step 3: Set Format to Plain Text

By default, TextEdit creates documents in rich text format. To change this, go to the menu bar again and click on “Format”.

From the drop-down menu, select “Make Plain Text”. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Command + Shift + T.

Step 4: Start Typing

You are now ready to start typing your text into the document. Simply click anywhere in the blank document and begin typing. You can enter any content you like – from notes and reminders to code snippets or even just plain text.

Bonus Tip:

If you want to save your .txt file with a specific name or in a specific location, you can do so by going back to the “File” menu and selecting “Save” or pressing Command + S. Choose a name for your file and select where you want it saved.

Step 5: Save as .txt File

To save your document as a .txt file, go to the “File” menu once again and click on “Save As”. In the dialog box that appears, make sure to set the Format option to “Plain Text”.

Choose a name for your file and select where you want it saved.

By default, TextEdit will save it in the Documents folder. Once you have entered a name and chosen a location, click on the “Save” button.

Step 6: Confirm .txt Format

After saving the file, you can verify that it has been saved as a .txt file by looking at its icon. A .txt file will have a plain white document icon with “.txt” appended to its name.


Congratulations! You have successfully created a .txt file on your Mac using TextEdit.

You can now use this text file for various purposes such as saving important information or creating scripts. Remember to save your work frequently to avoid losing any changes.

  • TIP: You can customize the appearance of your text within TextEdit by using the options available in the format menu. This includes changing font styles, sizes, colors, and more!
  • Note: The process described above is specific to creating .txt files using TextEdit on Mac. Other text editors or word processing applications may have slightly different steps or options.

Now that you know how to create a .txt file on your Mac, you can start exploring its endless possibilities. Happy typing!

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