Set default save to local rather than iCloud in 10.8

For those of us that have upgraded to 10.8 Mountain Lion and use Apple apps like Pages and Keynote you may have noticed that the default save location is always iCloud.

set default save to local


I tend to want to save to my local disk rather than iCloud so it would be nice to have these apps default to the local drive, you can change this with the following defaults command.

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false


set defaults using command


If you need to revert the setting the simply change the -bool option from false to true.

3 Replies to "Set default save to local rather than iCloud in 10.8"

  • James

    So great information but can’t help but think you are hanging off the work of others without giving credit. posted exactly the same thing a couple of days ago.

    You may have found this out by your own effort at the same time but were slower to blog.
    If not please credit where it is due.
    Your name is not xerox last time I checked.


  • hey… thanks for your comment, this blog post was published on the 25th of January, and the article was published on the 5th February.

    However this information has been available in the public domain since about August 2012.


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