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10.3: Save over the top of existing files System
PC users have always been able to click on a file in their Save dialog windows and use that clicked filename as the new filename to save as, hence saving over an existing file. OS X never let us do this. But thanks to the new Finder and its Save dialogs, this is possible.

When saving a file, choose a grayed-out file in a folder, and that file's name pops into the Filename field. When you hit Save, the Finder will ask you if you would like to save over top of the current file.

The files look like they are shaded, but they are clickable. Switchers will understand and appreciate this trick...
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10.3: Save over the top of existing files
Authored by: harmless on Oct 27, '03 03:04:09AM
Switchers will understand and appreciate this trick...
I appreciate it too! Was missing that functionality since my Atari days. :-)

Anybody noticed that that dialog looks weird?
An Aqua style window with rounded corners at the bottom ...


bye. Andreas.

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10.3: Save over the top of existing files
Authored by: rklutts on Oct 27, '03 11:20:34AM

In Jaguar the "Replace" button was conviently highlithed blue, so you could easily hit return/enter to do the replace. Now in Panther you have to click on the Replace button. Is there a way to change that somewhere?



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10.3: Save over the top of existing files
Authored by: Onirix on Oct 27, '03 07:40:04PM

There is a God ! Believe it or not, but this has been my main complaint with Mac systems since I became an avid mac fan 8 years ago. Finally someone listened to me at Apple I guess. No more typing long file names that are already there in the save dialogue. Just Save As... then click on a file that is already there, save over it or alter the name slightly and boom, done. This is a a real plus for people like me in the web site management field. Bravo Apple (finally). And thanks for this hint, otherwise I would never have noticed!



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10.3: Save over the top of existing files
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Oct 27, '03 09:43:09PM
this has been one of the few features i've missed in the osx version of default folder (http://www.defaultfolder.com). in os9 you could simply opt-click the filename (even greyed out ones) and overwrite files. i will have to retrain myself to NOT opt-click. but, a welcome addition.

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