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A shortcut to reach hidden folders in Open/Save dialogs Apps
Panther hides most of the "UNIX" folders and it's not obvious how to navigate to a file within them (I wanted to include a library in /usr/lib in a project I was building with Xcode). Here's one way to do it. Many of you probably know you can use the Finder's Go -> Go to Folder... menu to access hidden directories. Type the name of the hidden folder you'd like to reach, e.g. /usr/lib and hit Return. Once the Finder jumps to that location, drag the proxy folder icon at the top center onto the sidebar.

Since the same sidebar now appears in Open and Save dialogs, you can use it to navigate within that folder in programs such as Xcode, TextEdit or whatever you want. When you're done, you can optionally drag the folder off the sidebar again in a Finder window.

[robg adds: We've covered using Go to Folder to access hidden folders before, but putting them on the sidebar is a nice way to easily reach these hidden folders from Open and Save dialogs.]
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A shortcut to reach hidden folders in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: leenoble_uk on Aug 12, '04 11:26:22AM

You can cut out most of that.
Do this now:
Hit Command-S
Hit Shift-Command-G
Type the/path/to/your/invisible/folder
Hit Return

Save document there.
No need to drag anything into the places sidebar at all.

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So, I said ... well, I can't actually remember exactly what I said. But it was one of the most enormously cruel and frighteningly witty put downs ever.



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A shortcut to reach hidden folders in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: Dale Sorel on Aug 12, '04 12:00:31PM

Yep, dragging a hidden folder to the sidebar is the best/easiest solution. It will then be right there in all your open/save dialogs.



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A shortcut to reach hidden folders in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: leenoble_uk on Aug 12, '04 12:20:40PM

Apologies for appearing arrogant there, that wasn't my intent.
Basically, yes, if you are accessing an invisible folder on a regular basis then putting it in the places sidebar is the best/easiest solution. Based on the fact that if you're accessing ANY folder on a regular enough basis it might be a good idea to put it in the places sidebar.
However, this hint is billed as a "Shortcut to reach hidden folders in Open/Save dialogs".
Some people may not be aware that the Go To Folder command (shift-Command-G) works not only in the Finder but when any Open/save dialog box is frontmost and will get you into invisible folders.
Given that the hint seemed to imply that if you wanted to do this you need to do this from the Finder, put it into your places and then go back to the application you were using to get access to that folder, I thought I would clarify that fewer stages were necessary.
I've used this technique for Applescripting applications through the UI-scripting ability I found it easier to use keystrokes to issue the command and type the folder path rather than try navigation of the Open/Save dialog box.

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So, I said ... well, I can't actually remember exactly what I said. But it was one of the most enormously cruel and frighteningly witty put downs ever.



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A shortcut to reach hidden folders in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: lagroue on Aug 13, '04 03:02:00AM

You weren't arrogant. Your shift-command-S kills me and surely kills others. That's pretty fine, when hint comments kills. Don't apologize.



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A shortcut to reach hidden folders in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: jbc on Aug 12, '04 12:38:07PM

I've always kept a folder in my home directory that contains non-hidden symlinks to the base hidden BSD folders (call it "~/bsd" or "~/admin", for example). Found when adding it to the Sidebar in Panther that this folder not only gave me quick access to hidden folders in the Finder, but in Open/Save dialogs as well.

Same basic idea, but adds no hidden folders to the Sidebar and reduces Sidebar clutter a bit.



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A shortcut to reach hidden folders in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: geordie on Aug 12, '04 05:39:31PM

If it is a cocoa app just type /var/log/system.log or whatever and hit return once or twice.



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Drag and Drop
Authored by: Brontojoris on Aug 12, '04 07:11:54PM

Another possible way is, if you already have the hidden folder showing in the Finder, dragging and dropping that folder onto the save dialog box.



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Drag and Drop
Authored by: dogboy on Aug 16, '04 05:52:28AM

Drag and Drop is great. It also works from Launchbar, and probably the other launcher apps.
In Launchbar, you can show the hidden files/folders in a directory by holding down the option key when navigating to that directory, ie. if I want to find hidden directories in my music folder, I access my music folder from Launchbar and then hit option-right arrow. The music folder opens with all the hidden files made visible.

Then just drag the file/folder from the bar into your already open Save dialogue and you're done.



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A shortcut to reach hidden folders in Open/Save dialogs
Authored by: stimpy on Aug 13, '04 01:11:32AM

I've always just hit Command-Shift-G (same shortcut as in the finder) in Open/Save dialog boxes which brings up the "Go to folder" dialog where I can type any path such as /usr.

That dialog also supports type ahead so if you type /usr/st then tab, it will autocomplete to /usr/standalone/



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