How to turn off Smart Quotes in Mavericks

How to turn off Smart Quotes in Mavericks

If you do a lot of writing, especially with system-level utilities like TextEdit, you may have noticed a change in the way OS X Mavericks handles text. By default, Mavericks keeps "smart quotes" on. This isn't optimal behavior, so here's a quick guide to turn them off.

  1. In the top menu bar, Click on the  logo and then System Preferences.

  2. Now click on Keyboard.

  3. Click on the Text tab.

  4. Uncheck Use smart quotes and dashes.

That's it, that's all there is to it. From now on, you should get "plain" quotes without having Mavericks unexpectedly turn them all fancy on you.

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Peter Cohen

Mac Managing Editor of iMore and weekend Apple Product Professional at a local independent Apple reseller. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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How to turn off Smart Quotes in Mavericks


Smart quotes are when they look different on the left and right side of a group of words. The software "smartly" chooses the proper 66 or 99 pair, rather than the universal/dumb/straight " pair.

Thanks for pointing this out Peter!
My quotes at the beginning of words are now flying again instead of resting on the 'floor' :D