Saving files to the right folder, easily

Has this ever happened to you?

You are making a document on your computer and now it is time to save it. You know where you want the file to be placed, and in fact, you have that folder open. But when you go to the Save command, the application you are using takes you to the last folder that you used. For example, this:
Has this ever happened to you?

You are making a document on your computer and now it is time to save it. You know where you want the file to be placed, and in fact, you have that folder open. But when you go to the Save command, the application you are using takes you to the last folder that you used. For example, this:



Instead, you want to be here:




So, where, exactly, it that?

If you are using Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, it is very easy to see the path to the folder (more about that later)



But just how do you get there easily?

First you go the far left column . . .

No, that is the hard way – and this is supposed to be an easy way, so let's start again.



In the finder, I can see both my Save window and I can see the folder that I want to use. So, there must be a way to get to the right folder in one step. This is a Mac!

Drag the icon of the folder that you want to save into to the location button in the save dialog box:





Now your save location has instantly changed to that deeply buried folder!

Let's go back to Mac OS X Leopard and learn how to see the location of a file.



Go to the View menu in the Finder. Choose Show Path Bar. Now, at the bottom of each window you will see the path to the file. If the window is too narrow to see the full name of the folders, just position your mouse over each folder and the name will be revealed.



This is just one of many tricks and shortcuts that can be used on your Mac. If you need a refresher course, or just have some questions, why not spend an hour with me in a tutoring session. We have some special software that we can use at Bob LeVitus Consulting to see your screen and even control your mouse! The cost of a one-hour tutoring session is $60.00

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-- Pat
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