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Quickly expand and shrink Save dialogs System 10.7
In recent versions of Mac OS X, the standard Save dialog box was replaced with a more compact sheet giving only a text field for providing a file name, a popup menu to choose a save location, and sometimes are some specific options such as text-encoding or file-type, along with the Save and Cancel buttons.

There's a disclosure triangle to expand the Save panel into the full size one, giving access to the whole file system.

But you can toggle between the compact and full-size versions by pressing Command-= (equals).

[kirkmc adds: Nice catch. I was sure this would have been on the site, but can't find anything. It's worth noting that applications remember the state of the dialog box, so if you expand it once, they will always display the large dialog.]
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Quickly expand and shrink Save dialogs
Authored by: NaOH-Lye on Mar 05, '12 08:43:47AM

This shortcut works under 10.4 (I see now), so it presumably has existed through 10.5 and 10.6, also.



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Quickly expand and shrink Save dialogs
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 05, '12 09:25:13AM

I'm not surprised, but I didn't find it on the site, and I had never come across it.

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Re: Quickly expand and shrink Save dialogs
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Mar 05, '12 02:44:48PM

I can confirm back to 10.3, too ;-) I'd never heard of this one before, either, but it's not one I'd use often.



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Quickly expand and shrink Save dialogs
Authored by: arcticmac on Mar 05, '12 10:38:56AM

Seems to me that while the expanded/unexpanded state is saved for regular save dialogs, that the dialog you get when closing a window with a never-before-saved file defaults to always compact. Of course, what I really want is for that dialog to go back to not being a save dialog at all, because I (more often than not) explicitly save files that I want to keep and if I'm just closing a window, it's because I do want to discard it. Thus my thought process is "I want to get rid of this" and then I hit cmd-w and have to wait for 3-5 seconds for it to load the full save dialog, and it's distracting every single time. I should probably file a bug report...



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Quickly expand and shrink Save dialogs
Authored by: zhell on Mar 05, '12 10:45:04AM
I don't see a reason why one would ever want the minimized version of Open/Save dialog boxes.
Therefore I use the following Terminal command from another hint:
defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUE
The same for Print dialog boxes
defaults write -g PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool TRUE


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Quickly expand and shrink Save dialogs
Authored by: osxpounder on Mar 05, '12 12:45:15PM

Thank you!

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Quickly expand and shrink Save dialogs
Authored by: ridogi on Mar 05, '12 06:38:58PM

Related to this you can force applications to use the expanded save dialog on their first launch with the defaults command from this article: http://www.macworld.com/article/53969/2006/11/bigsave.html



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