Show the Finder Location of any Item from the Open & Save Dialog

Apr 28, 2011 - 5 Comments

Reveal Finder location of item from Open and Save dialog box

You can instantly reveal the location of any item in the Finder from an Open and Save dialog box by selecting the item and then hitting Command+R. Regardless of the app, this will immediately switch to the Finder and open the containing folder of the item you selected. Try it out, this is much faster than digging around in the Finder to uncover a file.

The Open & Save dialog window has a lot more to it than meets the eye. You can show hidden items with Command+Shift+Period, go to any folder with path completion, and, one of my personal favorites, is to set the expanded Save dialog as default through a defaults write command.

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

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  1. riddletr says:

    Does not work in iPhoto on OS X 10.5.8

  2. Alberto says:

    Don’t work…

  3. Alberto says:

    Sorry, it works, I did a mistake :)

  4. This is great, but, if you’re opening or saving a file you probably already know where it is located. A great alternative is Cmd Clicking the filename (in the toolbar) of an opened file to see the folder tree. You can click on the tree to open a folder – very handy.

  5. Adam says:

    How do you get the media drop down box in the sidebar preferences?

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