Master the macOS Open and Save Dialogs

You create and save new documents all day long when you work on your Mac. And you open existing documents, update them, and sometimes save them in different locations. Many people routinely save everything on their desktop, creating a digital pile of documents that’s hard to sift; or, they save documents without checking where the app is putting them, only to discover they can’t find them later.

The macOS Open and Save dialogs are powerful tools that let you find and work on files, and save files efficiently in various locations. In this article, I’m going to show you some of the ways you can master these dialogs.

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2 thoughts on “Master the macOS Open and Save Dialogs

  1. For years, across several versions of macOS, when trying to find and open a file, the Search function worked very poorly for me. Typing in almost any word in almost any language would generate hundreds of matches to pdf files, most of which contained no text, outside of the possible meta-data. It looked to me like a serious bug in the search function, and AppleCare was unable to help. Several times, I was told that this was the expected behavior.

    After installing Sierra 10.12.6, this problem seems to have gone away. Instead of finding hundreds of irrelevant files, I find a small, credible number of probably useful files. Search seems to work as well as it did under Leopard. Or was it Tiger when it last worked for me? Has anyone else noticed this change? For the first time in many years, a Search in an Open or Save dialog box works very well for me.

  2. For years, across several versions of macOS, when trying to find and open a file, the Search function worked very poorly for me. Typing in almost any word in almost any language would generate hundreds of matches to pdf files, most of which contained no text, outside of the possible meta-data. It looked to me like a serious bug in the search function, and AppleCare was unable to help. Several times, I was told that this was the expected behavior.

    After installing Sierra 10.12.6, this problem seems to have gone away. Instead of finding hundreds of irrelevant files, I find a small, credible number of probably useful files. Search seems to work as well as it did under Leopard. Or was it Tiger when it last worked for me? Has anyone else noticed this change? For the first time in many years, a Search in an Open or Save dialog box works very well for me.

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