Save dialog boxes just got a lot better (Mac)

I’m running Mac OS X, and my upgrade to 10.4 a few months ago came with a nice new feature when saving documents: each app remembers the last five or so folders in which you saved documents, so you can quickly go back to them without navigating manually. But today, I learned about something even cooler that these save dialog boxes can do, thanks to Lifehacker and OS X Daily:

If you type ~ or / when the focus is on a Save As… dialog box, you will get a popup in which you can just type out a pathname, as if you were in the shell (starting from your home directory or the root directory, respectively). You even get tab completion!

I knew there was a reason why I love my Mac. *smooch* I only wish I’d heard about this sooner!

Update: Apps where this doesn’t work (no smooches for them till it does!):

  • Keynote 3.0.2
  • OmniGraffle Pro 4.1.2
  • Preview 3.0.8

3 of 3 people learned something from this entry.

  1. stough said,

    February 18, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    (Learned something new!)

    Wow, that is way cool! Thanks!

  2. Leighton said,

    February 18, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    (Learned something new!)

    Forget saving files in clever ways; I’ve learned that I need to get a Mac. ;_;

  3. Elizabeth said,

    February 19, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    (Learned something new!)

    Kiri smooches computers.

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