Plain Text Editor
Simple distraction-free notepad
Simple text editor without any rich text nonsense. The simplicity is a feature.
It won’t handle your 1 million line log file, but it is a nice way to write down some ideas.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have a feature request, bug report, or some feedback
How is it better than TextEdit?
- Editor padding
- Optimal line spacing and length
- Word count
- Hide the title bar
- Translucent background
- Window can stay on top
- Force dark/light mode
- Brain dump mode
Can you add Markdown syntax highlighting?
I don’t plan to add that as I want to keep the app simple. I do plan to make a proper Markdown editor at some point, but that’s not this app.
Can you add a typewriter mode (centered text)?
I don’t plan to add that.
The text sometimes jumps when I write fast
This is a macOS bug. There is unfortunately nothing I can do about it.
Does the app support tabs?
Yes. Click “View › Show Tab Bar” in the menu bar and then click the plus button in the window.
You can also press Command + N if you have tabs enabled for document apps.
How does “brain dump mode” help with creativity?
It helps you focus on the actual writing, instead of getting distracted with editing and nitpicking. Learn more.
When I save a file using the popover in the title bar, it always appends
.txt when I choose a different file extension
This is a macOS bug. Instead, save the file from the “File” menu or by pressing Command + S.
How can I toggle “Stay on Top” with a keyboard shortcut?
The keyboard shortcut is listed in the “Window” menu in the menu bar.
Can I open a text file directly from the command-line?
Make a shell alias:
alias pte="open -a 'Plain Text Editor'"
Can you add a text color setting?
I don’t plan to add that. It’s not essential and I’m trying to keep the app simple.
The text flickers a little bit when it wraps on a new line
This is unfortunately a macOS bug and out of my control.
How can I export, import, sync, or back up the settings?
Why is this free without ads?
I just enjoy making Mac apps. Consider leaving a nice review on the App Store.
Where can I find the changelog?
Go here and click “Version History”.
Can you localize the app into my language?
I don’t have any immediate plans to localize the app.
Non-App Store Version
A special version for users that cannot access the App Store. It won’t receive updates.
Requires macOS 13 or later