TextPad is a stripped down version of Apple's TextEdit.

It starts up instantly with a plain text editor. There's no iCloud open dialog box to slow you down. It converts anything you copy or paste into plain text.

You can change the default font used in preferences.

Also, there's a setting to disable the Save dialog box to allow you to quickly close a window when you're done with it. Another setting maps the Escape key to close the window you're working with for maximum speed.

TextPad is perfect for jotting down things while you're on the phone or other quick scraps when TextEdit it just too slow for the task.

What's New

Version 1.3

• Handles international characters better when saving and opening files.
• Fixes bug mentioned in reviews about "Don't Save" button when closing documents.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Opens directly to the editor


Opens quickly to the editor, rather than a file browser first. It's like how TextEdit used to work before the iCloud integration, which added an extra step to what had been a beautifully minimal app. 1 step is always better than 2. Beauty is back!

Note: I tried Notepad and works like the above, but file extensions to be shown by default, which is not so elegant. While it’s possible to disable those per file, it’s not possible to bulk suppress those via preferences. It’s for this reason that I moved on and found this app.

Simple text editor that works well


It’s just a simple text editor, which is exactly what I was looking for.

Really like that it opens fairly quickly with a blank new document (no file or iCloud open screen). Also great that it closes very quickly and gives me a preference for whether I want it to prompt me to save the file or not.

Thanks for this great program.

Excellent but missing one Excellent Feature


Its missing a favorite OS feature for documents and that is being able to click the filename at the top of the document title bar and be able to update filename and change locations. This feature does not take away from its simplicity but adds a lot of value to workflow.


Jonathan Berger
1.8 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013 Jonathan Berger


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