Go to a directory from the Open/Save window

Sep 9, 2010 - 7 Comments

open directory from save dialog

Did you know that you can immediately open any directory from within the Open & Save dialog windows? Just use the same keystroke combination to access the Go To Folder feature within the Finder.

The next time you’re in a Save or Open dialog window, hit either / or Command+Option+G to enter the ‘Go to Folder’ box, and then type in the directory path of whatever directory you want to access, click “Go” and there you have it!

This is really helpful when you’re trying to open a file that’s buried deep in some remote location on your Mac.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. rick says:

    I have a G5 PPC with 10.5.8. My keyboard combination is Shift+Command+G to enter the ‘Go to Folder’ box.

  2. bleen says:

    you dont even need Command+Option+G … just hit ~

  3. bleen says:

    Oh … and you can hit tab just like you do in a command line interface to autocomplete folder names

  4. username says:

    You press ⌘⌥G to do that? Yuck! Just press the / key, it’s easier.

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  6. Terry says:

    This only seems to work for local folders, not for network shared folders. Is this correct?

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