Default Folder X in Open and Save Dialogs
Default Folder X displays a toolbar on the right side of the Open and
Save dialogs in any application (see the picture below). The toolbar
buttons give you fast access to various folders and commands. Details
about each menu in the toolbar are given in the following section.
- Default Folder X Help : Opens Default Folder
X's online help.
- Default Folder X Preferences: Opens the System
Preferences application and jumps to the Default Folder X preference
- Add Comments and Tags / Show Preview, Information and
In Save As dialogs, this menu item turns on and off Default Folder
X's Spotlight comment and tag window. In Open dialogs, it turns
on and off the Preview window that appears below the file dialog.
- Use <Folder> as Default: Remembers the
current folder as the default folder for the current application.
The first time you use a file dialog after launching the application,
Default Folder will switch it to the default folder you've specified.
To completely remove a default folder for an application, remove
the application from Default Folder's list in System Preferences.
- Open <Folder> in the Finder: Switches
to the Finder and opens a new window showing the current Open/Save
- Create a New Folder in <Folder>: Creates
a new folder within the current folder.
- Rename <Selected Item>: Renames the item
currently selected in the file dialog.
- Get Info on <Selected Item>: Displays
a Get Info dialog with the ability to rename, change creator, type,
modification date, properties, and access permissions of the selected
item. Note that if you make something invisible, it does become
invisible! To get it back, hold down the option key while opening
a file dialog and the dialog will show all files and folders, including
- Reveal <Selected Item> in the Finder:
Closes the file dialog, switches to the Finder, and selects the
item in a Finder window.
- Move <Selected Item> to Trash: Does what
it says. Holding down the option key bypasses the "Are you
- Create .zip Archive of <Selected Item>: Creates
a compressed archive of the selected item. This is a very useful
command to have for attaching files or folders to email messages.
- <Folder Sets>: Default Folder X lets
you create multiple sets of folders (use the "Folder Set" menu
in the Default Folder X preferences). You can create sets of Favorites
which will all be listed at the bottom of the utility menu. Selecting
a set from the menu activates that set of folders.
- Desktop, Home: These commands take
you to the locations they describe.
- <Disks>: All of the disks attached to
your computer are listed in this menu. Selecting one sends the
file dialog to the top level of that disk.
- <Application> Default: Jumps to the default
folder for the current application. This command will be grayed
out if no default folder has been assigned to the application you're
- <Application> Folder: Jumps to the folder
containing the current application. Very handy for accessing template
and support files that come with many programs.
- Add <Selected Item> to Favorites: Adds
the currently selected item to the Favorites list (and to the Favorites
folder in your Library folder if the "create aliases" preference
is turned on.
- Remove from Favorites...: Pops up a window
that allows you to remove folders from your Favorites list. Anything
that is removed from the list will also be removed from ~/Library/Favorites
if you have the "create aliases" option turned on in your preferences.
- <Favorite Folders>: Jumps to the favorite
folder you select.
- To assign a command key to a Favorite folder, simply hold
down the keys you want to use, then select the favorite from
the menu. You can also assign command keys in the Default Folder
X preferences. You can use the command key within Open and Save
dialogs, as well in the Finder. See the Settings section to make
sure that you have hotkeys enabled in the Finder.
- In addition to using the Remove from Favorites command, you
can also remove Favorite folders from the menu by holding down
the Backspace or Delete key and selecting the folder from the menu.
- If you have the "create aliases" option turned on
in your preferences, you can change the name of a folder in the
Favorites menu by changing the name of its alias in your Favorites
folder (which resides in the Library folder in your home folder).
- <Favorite Folders>: Jumps to a recent
folder when you select one from this menu.
- Forget Recent Folders: Removes all the entries
currently in the Recent Menu. This is handy if you don't want other
users of the same Macintosh to know which folders you've been using.
- Recent folders can be listed in the menu either alphabetically
or in the order that they were used. See the Settings section of
the Help for details on changing the order.
- You can temporarily switch the sorting method (alphabetical
vs. chronological) by holding down the Control key while clicking
to display the Recent menu. Similarly, you can reverse the sorting
order of items in the menu by holding down the Shift key.
- You can delete folders from the menu one at a time by holding
down the Backspace or Delete key and selecting the folder from
- There are two very useful shortcut keys in the Recent menu:
option-down-arrow and option-up-arrow. These take you backwards
and forwards through the folders you've recently used. In other
words, to get back to where you just opened or saved a file from
another application, press option-down-arrow once. That will take
you back one folder. Hitting it repeatedly takes you back farther
and farther in the list of recently used folders.
- <Finder Windows>: Lists all of the open windows
in the Finder. Selecting one switches the file dialog to point to the
folder shown in that Finder window. You can also just click on any
window you have open in the Finder and Default Folder X will switch
the file dialog to that folder.
Turning on the "Show contents of folders in submenus" option in Default
Folder X's settings makes all menus in file dialogs hierarchical. This
means that submenus
are attached to show the folders inside each folder, allowing you to navigate
to them much more quickly.