Default Folder X: What's new in this release
May 17, 2024

Default Folder X 6.0.7 corrects issues that could cause problems in Open and Save dialogs and adds a way to use the arrow keys to edit in Quick Search.


Version 6 has new time-saving features and an updated look. It supports macOS 14 Sonoma while still running on macOS 10.13 High Sierra and later.

If you're using version 5.7.8 or earlier, this may be a PAID UPGRADE.

If you have a Default Folder X license purchased on or after March 1, 2023, this upgrade is free. Your existing license number will work in version 6.

If your license was purchased between September 1, 2022 and March 1, 2023, the upgrade is $9.95. For licenses bought prior to that, upgrades are $19.95.

What's new in Default Folder X 6:

Here's a quick rundown of the major additions. Details and screenshots are on the Default Folder X 6.0 Tour page.

  • Use the keyboard to quickly access favorites, recent files, folders, apps or Finder windows. Pop up Default Folder X's new Quick Search window with a keyboard shortcut, type a few characters of an item's name, and then quickly go to it in a file dialog or open it in the Finder.
  • Wide filename field when saving files. Pretty self-explanatory - the default macOS Save As dialogs have an edit box that's way too narrow to accommodate a descriptive file name. Default Folder X 6 makes it bigger.
  • Drag and drop files and folders to Default Folder X's icon in the menu bar to move or copy them to another location. Pick a destination folder quickly from DFX's Recent and Favorites menus, or drill down to any folder using it's hierarchical menus.
  • Customize Default Folder X's menu in your menu bar. Add, remove and reorganize menus and menu items to fit your workflow.
  • Perform actions on files after saving them. Automatically open the saved file, attach it to an email, or run AppleScripts, Automator Workflows or Shortcuts on it.
  • Sync your Default Folder X settings between Macs. If you've got more than one Mac with the same file and folder organization, sync your settings via iCloud so Default Folder X works the same on both machines.
  • More powerful drawer in the Finder. Default Folder X's Finder drawer has been rewritten to be more useful and intuitive. Use it as a temporary drag-and-drop holding space, or as a location for often used files and folders.
  • Support for macOS 14 Sonoma. Yes, it's compatible with Apple's latest and greatest.

See the full version history for more new features and fixes.

What's new in version 6.0.7:

  • Fixed a bug that could cause folder switching to fail in Open and Save dialogs. This could result in the mouse cursor disappearing or the file dialog hanging until you clicked on it.
  • Corrected two issues that could leave Default Folder X's toolbar displayed even when a QuickLook window popped up in front of an Open or Save dialog.
  • Improved error handling when Default Folder X is unable to select the last selected file in an Open dialog.
  • Fixed a problem with Open and Save dialogs hanging when using the macOS Accessibility Zoom feature.
  • Improved the wording in the "Launch Default Folder X automatically when you log in?" dialog.
  • Fixed the text alignment in the menu configuration sheet.
  • Added a setting so you can use the left and right arrow keys to edit text in the Quick Search window. To move into and out of folders in the search results, use the Tab and Shift+Tab keys instead. Use this command in Terminal to enable the setting:
    defaults write com.stclairsoft.DefaultFolderX5 quickSearchTraversesWithTabKey -bool YES

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