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How do you customise the finder "save as" dialog box?

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Feb 14, 2013 9:53 AM


I get a lot of email with attachments that I need to work on - word documents and powerpoint slides mainly.

I am still running Snow Leopard and I think Finder is very frustrating. Has it been improved in this aspect in Mountain Lion?


Firstly, if I look at the email and click the "save" box next to the attachment, it immediately puts the attachment in the download folder. I dont want that. I want to be given a dialog box giving me options where to save the file in my heirachy of folders that I have set up by client and project. Sending it to the download folder is a naff default, but I cannot find a way to change this default?


Secondly, if i scroll down to the bottom of the email to see the attached file, and then right click to "save as", I get a dialog that is devoid of all the customisation options I have chosen for the standard finder view. For examply, I cannot get the "path" to be displayed as part of the "save as" dialog box.


This is all pretty fundamental stuff, and Windows have been able to offer much better customisation and default setting in Windows Explorer for years. WHy is OSX so far behind in this aspect?


Is Lion better?


Do I have to fork out an additional $35 for each of my 3 macs to buy "Default Folder" just to get something that should be basic workflow management within the OSX  


Am I missing something?

iMac (24-inch Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.4), Snow Leopard
  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,425 points)

    Are you looking at the expanded save dialog? Click the button with the triangle to the right of the text entry box for the file name.


    To set the default folder for attachments, Preferences > General > Downloads Folder.


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