No need to confirm changes/edits in TextEdit and Preview files?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by joe-d, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. joe-d macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2013
    Hello everyone,

    So, I upgraded a few days ago to Mavericks and I noticed something strange. If I open a Word file and change a single line and decide to quit it, Word will ask me if I want to save changes. Pretty standard as it has always been, right? However, if I'm viewing a .rtf (or even .txt) file on TextEdit and I change/edit anything and hit quit, it will just close down the file automatically saving it! That could be dangerous if one's not very attentive while manipulating files. The same thing happened while I was viewing a photo using Preview: I cropped it just to see how it'd look like and just hit command+Q... to my surprise it saved the picture in its new cropped version without asking me if I really wanted to save the file after changes. Is there something wrong with my mac or is this the new standard procedure for those apps? Any other similar surprise I should be aware of regarding those apps or any other? Please let me know.

  2. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

    Sep 18, 2013
    Expected behavior with Mac OS X Lion and onwards. You can turn auto-saving off (that's what it's called) by going to System Preferences > General > check "Ask to keep changes when closing documents."

    You can also check "Close windows when quitting an application" to have the app close all open windows as it quits.

    Side tip - you can check to see if the previous version of your RTF file was saved by going to the File menu and clicking Revert, then going back in time.

    Hope this helped!


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