Mac101 – Advanced Save Window

I know this is no big deal, but if you are not using the Advanced File Save Dialogue you should be. Sometimes when you first use an app it defaults to the shortened save dialogue. You want to make sure you are using the Advanced Dialogue. Lets see how to do that.

Advanced File Save Dialogue

The Advanced File Save Dialogue is really easy to activate. If you save a document and you get a save dialogue like this:

All you have to do is click on that little down arrow to the side of the file name. This activates the Advanced File Save Dialogue like so:

The Advanced File Save Dialogue presents many more options for dealing with files by showing a whole Finder window. Lets do this by the numbers.

  1. The Sidebar – It shows the sidebar of the Finder. This is great for navigating to different areas main areas in the Finder.
  2. Folder Navgation – If you click the drop down at the top of this column you can navigate within folders.
  3. Search – The Search window actually allows you to search for a location to place your file. I don’t use this too much. I prefer to navigate to a location manually.
  4. New Folder – How many times have you gone to save a file, but did not have anyplace setup to save it? So, you can use 1, 2 and 3 above to get to a desired location. Then, use the “New Folder” button to create a properly named folder.


The Advanced File Save Dialogue is the only way to go as far as saving files is concerned. Once you turn it on it usually stays activated as well.