How to Change Background Color in TextEdit on Mac

Do you prefer a darker background for your text editor? Or maybe a soothing blue or green? Changing the background color of your TextEdit documents can be an excellent way to improve your reading or writing experience on Mac.

This blog post will guide you through these steps.

Changing the Background Color in TextEdit

While working in TextEdit, you can adjust the background color using the Fonts window. Here’s how:

  • Open TextEdit: You can find TextEdit in your Applications folder, or you can quickly locate it using Spotlight (just press command + space and type TextEdit).
  • Create or Open a Document: Once TextEdit is open, you can either create a new document or open an existing one.
  • Open the Fonts Window: Go to the Format menu in the menu bar, then select Font and Show Fonts (or simply use the keyboard shortcut command + T). This action will open the Fonts window.
  • Change the Document Background Color: In the Fonts window, locate the Document Color button (represented by a colored square) in the toolbar, and click on it. A color palette will appear, allowing you to choose your preferred background color for your TextEdit document.
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It’s important to note that this color change will only apply to the currently open document. If you want the same background color for future documents, you’ll need to apply this change for each new document.


Remember that changing the background color in TextEdit only works when you’re in Rich Text mode. If you’re working with Plain Text files (like .txt or .md), this method won’t work. You can switch between the two modes by selecting Format > Make Rich Text or Format > Make Plain Text in the menu bar.

Customizing the background color in TextEdit can greatly enhance your user experience, especially if you spend a lot of time writing or coding. Even though it’s not as straightforward as some might like, with this guide, you can easily tailor your TextEdit background color to your liking.

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