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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  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:


    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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