Mac File Save Power User Tips

When you save a file you get to assign a name and pick a location. The standard save dialog provides a lot of power user techniques that most people don't know about. You can harness the power of Finder windows to choose a location, you can use keyboard shortcuts to jump to locations and cancel. You can click on existing files to inherit the same name.

Comments: 6 Responses to “Mac File Save Power User Tips”

    Dan
    5 months ago

    The initial save from the menu is Save… meaning Save As, but they exclude the Save As from the menu if you open an existing document and you want to save the same data with a different file name. If you rename the current version, it renames the existing saved file. If you use Help and ‘save as’ you can locate in ‘finder’ and click on it or use the keyboard shortcut-(not available in Notes). Why “save as” was not included in newer versions is unclear.

    5 months ago

    Dan: To get Save As, hold the Option key as you select the File menu.

    Norman
    5 months ago

    Thanks — very useful…especially that last tip! A little off topic but I notice in your finder window in the Save dialogue box you have the Pages app there. What’s the advantage of having it there as opposed to normally in the Applications folder?

    5 months ago

    Norman: That’s not the Page app, but the Pages folder in iCloud.

    Carlos Ramos
    5 months ago

    I wish I could have the same in Finder. A good number of times I tried searching a file in Finder and it was not as easy as in Pages.

    5 months ago

    Carlos: Which feature do you mean, exactly? I think everything I talk about in this tutorial is available in the Finder. After all, the Save dialog is just a subset of a Finder window.

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