5 Replies Latest reply: May 7, 2010 2:17 PM by ericcartman
ericcartman Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
hi-this is kind of basic, but could someone please tell me the easiest and quickest way to drag a file [say a Pages document] into a folder. like if you write a draft of an email in Pages, and then you want to stash it in a folder called 'letters'. thanks

macbook pro 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Matt Clifton Level 7 Level 7 (29,785 points)

    Well, while you're in Pages, you can save the file in your preferred location. When you go to the File menu, then Save As, you will then get to choose where you want to save the file. If the Save File window is small, you'll see a dropdown list at the bottom with some frequently-used folders, for quick access. You can click on the blue triangle to the right of the filename to make the window larger, and get full access to all the Finder locations.

    Once it's saved to a folder, you can then open the Finder, and drag and drop into whatever location you want.

  • ericcartman Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    thanks matt, thats really helpful. but for pages documents that ive already created, do you think i should open them and then 'save as' again to get them into the right folder? or drag and drop them? to drag and drop, would you open two finder windows, or just use one, but set to column view? thanks.
  • Matt Clifton Level 7 Level 7 (29,785 points)
    Much simpler to stay in the Finder. You can either drag and drop from one Finder window to another, or within the same Finder window (ie, grab the file, and use one of the shortcuts in your sidebar to navigate to your new folder). You should make sure that "Spring-loaded folders" is turned ON in your Finder preferences. When you hold a file over a folder, wait a short while to have the folder open automatically, or hold down the space bar to open it immediately.

    You can also install FiWi to quickly create two side-by-side Finder windows.

    Of course, you can also use copy (cmd-C) and paste (cmd-V) as an alternative to dragging and dropping files. There's no "cut file" (ie move) as there is in Windows.

  • Kim Brunhuber Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Thanks... I wondered my my new mac didn't open sub-folders automatically... it was the "spring-loaded folders" that was the key. Never knew. Thanks.
  • ericcartman Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    thanks matt. that's really helpful.