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Mac OS X Panther in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition by Jason McIntosh, Chuck Toporek, Chris Stone

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Opening and Saving Documents

As mentioned earlier, all Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X Panther use features of the Finder’s user interface, making it easy to navigate through the filesystem until you find the folder or file you’re seeking. This section discusses the Open and Save dialogs in more detail, showing you how to find what you’re looking for on your Mac.

The Open Window

The Open dialog, shown in Figure 1-33, is very similar to the Finder. The dialog features the very same Sidebar that the Finder has and opens in a Column View for navigating through disks and folders for the item you want to open. Above the Column View is a pop-up menu that shows the path the folder or disk that’s selected in the View’s path, as shown in Figure 1-37.

The pop-up menu above the Open dialog’s Column View lets you select a folder from which to open a file

Figure 1-37. The pop-up menu above the Open dialog’s Column View lets you select a folder from which to open a file

As you can see from Figure 1-37, the pop-up menu is split in two. The top portion shows the path to the current folder, while the bottom half lists Recent Places that you recently opened a file from. In addition to using this pop-up menu, you can also use various keyboard shortcuts to switch the view or go to a different folder, as noted in Table 1-3.

Table 1-3. Keyboard shortcuts to use with the Open window and Save sheets

Keyboard shortcut

Action

Keyboard shortcuts to use with the Open window and Save sheets-2

Switches the dialog to List View.

Keyboard shortcuts to use with the Open window and Save sheets-3

Switches the dialog to Column View.

Keyboard shortcuts to use with the Open window and Save sheets-D

Switches the location to your Desktop folder.

Shift-Keyboard shortcuts to use with the Open window and Save sheets-H

Switches the selected location to your Home directory.

Shift-Keyboard shortcuts to use with the Open window and Save sheets-I

Switches the selected location to your iDisk, if you have a .Mac account. If your iDisk isn’t mounted, the iDisk is mounted for you, based on the settings you’ve entered in the .Mac preference panel (System Preferences.Mac).

Shift-Keyboard shortcuts to use with the Open window and Save sheets-G

This keyboard shortcut opens a “Go to Folder” sheet, from which you can enter the path to a particular folder (for example, ~/Documents, or /etc). If you include a filename as part of the path, the application tries to open that file. If you type a filename the application can’t open, the open dialog will close as if you had clicked the Cancel button. If you type in a path to a file that doesn’t exist, the alert sound is played.

The Save Sheet

The Save sheet appears when you first try to save a new document using FileSave (The Save Sheet-S), or if you select FileSave As... (Shift-The Save Sheet-S, in some applications) with a previously saved document. The Save sheet in its basic form, shown in Figure 1-38, provides a text field for entering a filename and a pop-up menu for selecting a location in the filesystem to save the file.

The Save sheet with the “Finder” view hidden

Figure 1-38. The Save sheet with the “Finder” view hidden

If you look closely at Figure 1-38, you’ll see a button to the right of the “Save As:” text field. If you click on this button, the Save sheet expands to give you a Finder-like view that provides better access to the filesystem (see Figure 1-39).

The expanded Save sheet includes a Finder-like view

Figure 1-39. The expanded Save sheet includes a Finder-like view

The dialog’s interface looks and works a lot like that of an Open window, with one major difference: its purpose is not to let you open a file, but to let you name and save the file to a location in the filesystem.

The keyboard shortcuts listed earlier in Table 1-3 also apply to Save sheets, with one addition; The expanded Save sheet includes a Finder-like view-N can be used to create a new folder (saving you from having to click on the New Folder button).

The Save sheet also features a Hide Extension checkbox at the bottom, leaving it unchecked lets the application choose and assign the file extension (e.g., .txt, .doc, .html, etc.). If you opt to use your own file extension, the application may refuse to accept your replacement or simply ignore you, tacking its own extension on the end of the filename. The default state of the Hide Extension checkbox depends on what you’ve specified in the Finder’s preferences (via the “Show all file extensions checkbox, found in FinderPreferencesAdvanced).

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