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I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere, but document title bars in OS X apps (at least the few I've tested like TextEdit and Graphic Converter) behave like the title bars for OS 9 folders when you command-click on them.

Namely, if you command-click on the title of the document, it turns into a menu showing the location of the file (parent folder, then its parent, etc. all the way to the drive it's on). Selecting a folder or drive from the menu opens that folder in the Finder. Note, you have to click on the center of the title bar where the text of the title is.

Similarly, clicking and holding the document icon in the title bar let's you do things like move the file (by dragging it to folder), or open it with another application (by dragging it over an application in the dock or Finder). It doesn't appear that you can use this to move a document to the trash however (moving an active document to the trash would be an odd thing to do usually).

[Editor: Note that this is default behavior for Cocoa apps such as TextEdit. In OS 9 (and hence, Carbon apps), it's my understanding that it was possible to have this behavior, but it was not enabled by default. So you may or may not see it in Classic and Carbon apps.]

Kirke Lawton

(Love this site, BTW. Hope this tip helps someone. To me it's one of those "little things" that is so cool about the Mac way.)
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Traversing Directories in Finder With Command Click
Authored by: wheeles on Nov 03, '05 04:10:40AM

This also works in the Finder. This really helps if you are using either icon or list view, or have a column view and wish to traverse higher up the directory structure than the left-most column in the Finder window.

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