The Default Folder X Preference Pane
Once you've finished installing Default Folder X, it is accessible
in the System
Preferences application along with the other system-wide
settings for your Macintosh. Choose System Preferences from the Dock
or the Apple menu. When the preferences window appears, select Default
Folder X and you will see the following window:
Click the "On" button to enable Default Folder X's features.
You will probably want it to be turned on automatically after you log
out or restart your Mac, so turn on the "Enable at Login" checkbox
as well. You are now ready to begin using Default Folder X in your file
dialogs. The basics are explained in the next section, entitled Default
Folder X in Open and Save Dialogs. More details about Default Folder
X's various features are included in the Settings section.
The various controls in the main Default Folder X preference pane do
- About...: Displays information about Default Folder X.
- Check for Updates: Connects to St. Clair Software's
servers to see if there is a newer version of Default Folder X available.
You can also have Default Folder X do this for you automatically by turning
on the "Automatically check for updates" option in the Advanced tab of
Allows you to purchase a license for Default Folder X or enter your registration
code once you have made your purchase. If you lose your registration
code, visit our web site at http://www.stclairsoft.com/ and
click on the "Support" button. There, you will find an online form
for requesting that we send your code to you again.
- Settings...: Many of Default Folder X's features and options are controlled
from the Settings window. See the separate Settings section in this document
for complete details.
- Folder Set: This menu allows you to create, select and manage "folder
sets." A folder set is Default Folder X's way of grouping your default,
favorite, and recently used folders for you. You can switch between folder
sets at any time to help manage your work. You can, for example, keep
one list of Favorite folders for use when you work on your latest novel,
while using another set of Favorites when you're managing your web site.
Just set up multiple folder sets and add the folders you want to each
of them. Then, when you want to switch between them, select the appropriate
one in Default Folder X's preferences, in the Default Folder X toolbar
within Open and Save dialogs, or from the Default Folder X menu in the
- Default Folders: Default Folder X lets you set up a default folder
for each application. Every time you start up that application, Default
Folder X will make certain that the first file dialog you see when you
choose Open or Save will display the contents of that application's default
folder. For subsequent Open or Save dialogs, Default Folder X will let
application do as it wishes, because the application should know what
is most logical for its purposes once you've started in your default
Use the "Add Application...", "Remove Application...", and "Change
Folder..." buttons at the bottom of the tab to add applications to the
list and assign default folders to them.
Tip: If the application always
goes back to your Documents folder or some other place, simply press
option-down-arrow in the file dialog. This will make Default Folder X
take you back to the folder you last visited.
- Favorite Folders: Default Folder makes your favorite
folders accessible from Open and Save dialogs, and also allows you to
attach hotkeys to them to immediately jump to particular Favorites that
you use frequently.
Use the "Add Folder...", "Remove Folder...",
and "Set Hotkey..." buttons at the bottom of the tab to add folders to
the list and assign hotkeys to them.
- Tell a Friend: Use this button if you want to tell
a friend about Default Folder X. It creates an email for you in your
default email application (such as Apple's Mail), composes a simple
message, and leaves it open for you to finish and add your friend's email