Mac101 – Save As. . . .

A few macOS versions ago Apple decided to do away with a much used Finder File Menu item, the Save As command. They replaced it with Duplicate, which kind of does the same thing, but not exactly. There was a big uproar in the Mac community. Everybody, including yours truly, complained about this.

Save As Command

So, Apple put the Save As command back into the macOS, sort of. I don’t know about you, I use Save As two or three times a day, easily. Some third party app Developers saw the handwriting on the wall and just built Save As into their apps. Here is Nisus Writer Pro:

They even have a Save Copy As command. Here is the Acorn File menu:

They added Save As and left Duplicate.

Some of Apple’s apps have the Save As command like Pages and some do not like Text Edit. If you find an app that does not have Save As built into the menu there is an easy way to activate it. Here is the Byword File Menu:

It has the Duplicate command. However, all you have to do is hold down the Option ⌥ Key and Duplicate turns into our old buddy, Save As:

Apple still has some apps that do not have Save As built in; Text Edit for example. You have to hold down the Option ⌥ Key to get the Save As command:

And on and on it goes. The bottom line is this. If you do not see the Save As command built into the app you are using try holding down the Option ⌥ Key while you are in the File Menu. I cannot guarantee that will work with every app, but it seems to work with many of them.


If you are a Save As person never fear. It is present in most apps, you just have to work a little harder.