Plain text editor for Mac OS X

On Windows, I love using notepad. However, in Mac OS X Leopard, they came up with rich text editor for TextEdit. It looks really cool when being able to see the color, HTML, etc. Sadly, in practical, it is very annoying for me for coding. For example, <html> tag becomes &lt;html&gt;, etc.

So, I decided to disable the rich text format function in TextEdit.

This is how I did it:

1. Open TextEdit > Preferences

2. Under “New Document” I selected Plain Text as format.

3. Under “Open and Save” I select first 2 boxes, to ignore rich text commands in both HTML and RTF files.

Note that “GOD [see comment below]” pressing cmd + shift + t switches between paintext and richtext mode. Thank you 🙂