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Usually I type my words into vi, but today I'm composing this page in is pre-installed on every Mac and supports plain text. To start using it for plain text files, set these defaults.

Note: You can also adjust the default font and size by clicking on Change beside Plain text font. > Plain text

You can always adjust the font size in the current window with ⌘+ and ⌘-.

Optionally, go to Preferences > Open and Save. Check When Opening a File to Display HTML files as HTML code instead of formatted text. > HTML as code

Now you can close the TextEdit window and open a new one in plain text.

You can write some prose in TextEdit, but editing long texts, especially across multiple files, is inefficient. Frankly, I switched to Vim to edit this page as soon as the first draft was complete.

Plain text is awesome!