Mac trick in save dialog window allows keyboard shortcuts and path input

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Anyone who already works diligently with keyboard shortcuts on the Mac will be enthusiastic about the following tip. The iOS developer Zach Waugh has this betrayed on Twitter and apparently only discovered it himself.

I just discovered that you can press / (SHIFT + 7) in any macOS storage dialog to open a Spotlight-like quick folder search and even use things like ~ to jump to your home folder.

When entering text, paths are also recognized and suggested by auto-complete. This allows you to navigate through deep order structures without having to take your hands off the keyboard. This tip should be particularly exciting for programmers and other keyboard artists.

Tricks in the Finder can save a lot of time when dealing with macOS and the Finder.

Tricks in the Finder can save a lot of time when dealing with macOS and the Finder.

Keyboard shortcut for the save dialog

Another tip is keyboard shortcuts, which work in every save dialog. Here is a short – certainly incomplete – list for you:

  • CMD + D → Jump to the desk
  • ALT + N → Jump to user folder

If you can think of more abbreviations, please let me know.

In the save dialog window, you can use SHIFT + 7 to open a window in which you can enter paths using the keyboard.

In the save dialog window, you can use SHIFT + 7 to open a window in which you can enter paths using the keyboard.

Drag and drop to open and save

And there's another good tip: If you drag and drop a folder from a Finderwindow onto the save dialog, this will be selected as the target for saving. This also works in the Open dialog window. In addition, you can also drag a file directly into the window when opening it and it will then be marked for opening and can be opened with one click.

Rename in the open dialog

Here is another practical tip that I noticed about a year ago: If you are in the open dialog, for example to open a file via the Browser to a WordPress blog, you can still change the file name of this file in the dialog.

To do this, right-click on the corresponding file in the dialog window and then select the "Rename" option. This is useful, for example, if the file name is important for the upload, but you only notice a spelling mistake in the name in the dialog.

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2 comments

  1. Martin says:

    I was familiar with the Drag&Drop (drag and drop) workflow, but it no longer works (in the save dialog) on ​​my M1 iMac.
    Currently if I drag a folder or file into the save dialog, that folder/file is copied to the folder shown in the save dialog. That _was_ different!
    Bug or feature… that is the question

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Martin! Just tried it with my MacBook Pro M1 Max and Monterey (latest version): If I drag a folder into the save dialog, it jumps to this folder and I can save there. Nothing is copied... strange that he behaves differently with you. Is this the case with all your apps or just one?

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