I choose not to use iCloud for storing my documents, although I do use it for Mail, Reminders, Photos, and Calendars. That being said, every time I launch an iCloud compatible application such as Pages or Byword to open a file or create a file, OS X makes me choose between iCloud or my local computer. Given that I’m all about saving keystrokes and mouse clicks any way I can, one of the first things I did was to disable the Documents & Data feature in iCloud. This stops the iCloud dialogs from appearing. Note that this will delete all local copies of documents that you have stored on iCloud.
To Disable iCloud Dialog Boxes
- Select > System Preferences from the menu.
- Click the iCloud icon in the System Preferences pane.
- Uncheck the box next to Documents & Data.
- Click Delete from Mac when the message box appears (make sure you’ve saved all your iCloud documents locally first!)
- Sync Google Contacts with your Mac’s Contacts application
- Turn TextEdit into a Word Processor by Inserting Tables
- Read Web Pages Offline using Safari’s Reading List Feature
- Create Links to an E-mail Messages in the Notes app