Favorite Mac Hacks: Expanded Save Dialog Boxes by Default

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By default, the Mac OS displays the save dialog box with just the name of the file and the location. But if you click on the little triangle next to the location, it expands so you can navigate to a new location to save the file. This finder-like window is very helpful, even if you don't need to change the location, as it gives you a better picture of where the file is.

But each application has it's own setting for this. So if you want all apps to use the expanded save dialog box, you'd have to manually change them all. However, there's a command you can enter into Terminal to change the default for all previously unchanged apps:

defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUE

or, for all users on this Mac:
defaults write /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool true

I recommend doing this on your newly minted Mac before running any apps.

More on this cool hack with pictures here:
http://www.macworld.com/article/1053969/bigsave.html
http://www.macworld.com/2007/02/secrets/marchosxhints/index1.php

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