Forum Question: How Do I Save Files To My Computer Instead Of iCloud By Default?

Everytime I save something in Mountain Lion it wants to save to iCloud and not my computer. Is there a command line entry to solve this issue?
David D Dick

Comments: 5 Responses to “How Do I Save Files To My Computer Instead Of iCloud By Default?”

    10/26/12 @ 8:15 am

    I know what you mean. I’ve taken to simply pressing Command+D to jump to my local desktop as soon as the Save dialog appears. Command+Shift+H works too, and takes you to your home folder. Command+Shift+O is the Documents folder.
    That works fine for me, as how often do you need to save a brand new document? Probably once or twice a day for me. I can do a keyboard shortcut once or twice a day to get what I want.
    But there is a way to set a hidden system preference for this. In Terminal, you need to type:
    defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false

    David D Dick
    10/26/12 @ 8:53 am

    This is for a friend that does not use iCloud because they only have a iMac and no other IOS Devices. It is a older lady I know.

      10/26/12 @ 9:07 am

      Oh, in that case it is much easier. If you never want to use iCloud, just go into System Preferences, iCloud and turn off “Documents & Data.” Then you won’t even have the ability to save to iCloud. It will work as it did before iCloud with the local drives being the only option.

        David D Dick
        10/26/12 @ 11:37 am

        Thanks Gary.. YOU ROCK!
        Have a great Friday ahead!

    Mac Carter
    10/27/12 @ 12:51 am

    An easy way to deal with this… download and install Mountain Lion Tweaks ($3 Shareware). It has an on/off toggle for disabling this “feature”. See: []

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