Geek GUI in Mac OS X Open/Save Dialog Boxes

Feb 14, 2007 - 9 Comments

Shane submitted this great tip:

“Whenever you’re in an open or save dialog box in a Mac OS X app, if the name
entry field is empty, typing ~ or / will bring up a box in which you can type a
full path name, UNIX style. It makes those of us who live an die by the keyboard
(read: too lazy to use the mouse) very happy indeed. But it certainly gets
better – this feature also supports tab completion, so you can really feel like
you’re in bash!”


Thanks Shane!

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  2. vann says:

    nice! is there a way to do this for non-cocoa osx apps?

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  4. [...] 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! [...]

  5. AssetBurned says:

    Don’t know how to brin that to work. I tried in safari and textedit (both german) and i was unable to get that “go to” window. it simply created a file with ~or doesn’t let me click on save.

  6. Gugenheim says:

    AssetBurned,

    When the save dialog pops up, simply hit ~ or / to bring up the path bar. ~ is next to the 1 key and you must access it with shift, its probably easier to just use the forward slash /

  7. Westeros says:

    You can also enter ⌘⇧G in a Finder window or an Open/Save dialog to bring up the same window.

  8. Weaver says:

    sweet tip

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