Enable “Save As” in OS X Mountain Lion
OS X Mountain Lion finally brings back the much-loved “Save As” feature that was removed from Lion. It’s slightly hidden though, and there’s a few quirks with it, but we’ll show you how to access “Save As” and even better, how to have it always be visible by enabling a reasonable keyboard shortcut to use the feature again.
How to Use “Save As” in OS X Mountain Lion
For a one-off “Save As” just do the following:
- Pull down the “File” menu and hold down the “Option” key to turn Duplicate into ‘Save As…’
Because it’s hidden without the Option key, it’s not much better than just using Export or Duplicate. Instead, let’s enable the classic keyboard shortcut for Save As which also causes the feature to always be visible in File menus.
Setting a “Save As” Keyboard Shortcut in OS X Mountain Lion
For starters, there already is a keyboard shortcut for Save As, but it’s clunky and requires you to hit four keys at once: Command+Option+Shift+S. Forget that, we’ll set the classic keyboard shortcut instead:
- Open System Preferences from the Apple menu and choose “Keyboards”
- Click the “Keyboard Shortcuts” tab and choose “Application Shortcuts” from the list on the left
- Press the [+] plus button to add a new shortcut, and for Menu Title type “Save As…” exactly, with the periods
- Click to “Keyboard Shortcut” and hit the familiar Command+Shift+S, then click “Add”
- Open any test document in TextEdit, Preview, or whatever other app, and hit Command+Shift+S to see the familiar Save As window return
With the classic keystroke enabled, you’ll find the mostly useless “Duplicate” function has been moved down in the File menu to make way for Save As being always visible and accessible.
And yes, this is actually Save As, not like the hack to map a keystroke to Export in Lion to obtain similar results.
The video below demonstrates both how to one-off Save As, and how to enable the classic Command+Shift+S keystroke to invoke the feature in Mac OS X: