Access a Geek GUI in Mac OS X Open & Save Dialog Boxes
Do you like geeking around with paths and jumping about the file system with the Go To trick in Mac OS X, but you come from a background in unix? You’re in luck, because OSXDaily reader Shane submitted this great tip relating to an alternate method of accessing Go To Folder in dialog windows you encounter, here’s how it works direct from the inbox:
“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 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!”
Using the ~ tilde key to access this GUI is particularly notable for those who play games like Quake where you hit that same command to access the Console, which is also the case for many other apps running the same engine. Except, here, the Console is not accessed of course, but the Go To screen. Neat! The Tilde is literal, so be sure to hit Shift key when typing it, basically Shift+` to summon the Go To GUI. Or, just hit the forward slash key / without any modifier to achieve the same result.
Pretty cool tip, we tested this out and it certainly works in every version of OS X we tried it on, neat! Thanks Shane!