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Command-option-drag files in open and save dialogs Desktop
as a user who doesn't have nor want a scrollwheel equipped mouse, i was quite happy when finding this one: in every "open file" and "save file" dialog in os x, you can press command-alt for scrolling in the columns by dragging the contents up and down.

at the same time all clicks still select the item you are over, which means that it's very easy to select multiple items which are not viewable at once and would require scrolling to see the next.

this way you don't have to go back to the scrollbar over and over again when choosing multiple items distributed in a folder with many documents or finding a certain item.

[Editor's note: We published a hint on doing this in column view a while back, but no mention was made of the fact that it works in open and save dialogs as well.]
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Only in Carbon apps
Authored by: sabi on Mar 21, '02 01:37:52AM

Command-option-dragging only works in Carbon apps. The scrollwheel only works in Cocoa apps.



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Only in Carbon apps
Authored by: aranor on Mar 21, '02 03:11:10PM

It's possible to enable the scrollwheel in Carbon apps (the user can't enable it, the programmer can). All it has to do is use CarbonEvents properly, IIRC.



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Only in Carbon apps
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 24, '02 10:31:50AM

Not in Open/Save dialogs though... Apple needs to do that.



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What?
Authored by: Mithrandir on Mar 21, '02 02:09:07AM

I have NO idea what you are talking about. Command - Alt does nothing special when clicking, scrolling or otherwise.

What am I missing. Please explain how to do this in a little more detail.

Thanks

M



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Authored by: robg on Mar 21, '02 08:45:59AM

In any carbon app, do File -> Open. Find a directory that exceeds the length of the available space. Press command then option (right next to command) and hold them both down. Now click and drag the mouse around in the list while continuing to hold the keys down.

-rob.



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Authored by: Mithrandir on Mar 21, '02 02:05:40PM

Ah! Thank you! Apparently the Finder doesn't qualify for this tip even though it is supposedly a Carbon app. Of course it doesn't have any open or save dialogs but the column view SHOULD do this too.

M



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Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 21, '02 08:35:59PM

The trick works in list view.



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Why not just Command?
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 24, '02 10:35:06AM

Why can't the keyboard shortcut just be Command? Command is used by IE to do the same job and, given its use elsewhere in the OS, such as in window title bars, I have the middle button on my mouse setup to be a Command-click. It's really annoying that the Finder and (Carbon) Open/Save dialogs use the rathe bizarre Command-Alt key combo!



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