Whiz Around Save As Dialogs – Mac Kung Fu, 2nd Edition

Tip 365Whiz Around Save As Dialogs

Here’s a series of small keyboard combinations that, if you can remember them, can save a little time when saving files. Some work in File Open dialog boxes, too.

Switching to Various Locations

The following keyboard shortcuts instantly switch the dialog box to particular locations within the filesystem (note that these also work when browsing using Finder):

  • iCloud: If you’re working in an iCloud-enabled app, hitting Shift+Command+I will switch instantly to the iCloud file listing.

  • Documents: Hitting Shift+Command+O will switch to your Documents folder.

  • Desktop: Hitting Command+D will switch to your desktop.

  • Home folder: Hitting Shift+Command+H will switch to your home folder.

  • Network: Hitting Shift+Command+K will show a list of accessible network devices—those you’ve connected to but also those available for connecting to.

General Navigation Shortcuts

If you’ve just opened a Save As dialog box and are typing the filename, hitting Control+A will move you to the beginning of the line. Control+E will move you to the end. Control+K will delete everything from the cursor to the end of the line (Control+Y will undo; note that this is essentially a primitive cut and paste, as detailed in Tip 11, Use a Secret, Alternative Cut and Paste).

Holding Command and then 1, 2, 3, and 4 in expanded dialog boxes will switch between Icon, List, Column, and Cover Flow views of files.