1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 28, 2013 4:00 PM by QuickEdit
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I want to create macros (using QuicKeys) that will Save As documents created in Word using keystrokes alone (no mouse action).  In OS 10.5x this could be done by going to the top level of folders that could be selected (this part still works in Snow Leopard); pressing the "tab" key three times (until the first item in the list of folders where I could save was selected); then typing the first letter or two of another folder in the list to select it.  In Snow Leopard there seems to be no way to do the second action (for which pressing "tab" three times formerly worked)—although pressing "tab" does navigate to several other places in Word's "Save As" dialog box.  Am I wrong?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • QuickEdit Level 1 (10 points)

    For the benefit of everyone who has been anxiously awaiting a solution to the problem I posed above on May 9 (both of you), I've found the following workarounds for most navigation needs in Word when doing an Open or Save As... command (these work at least in Mac OS 10.6.8):


    (1) To go UP the hierarchy of volumes and folders, press Command -Ÿ [up arrow key].


    (2) To go DOWN the hierarchy of volumes and folders (that is, to open a volume or folder that you have selected), press Shift - Return.


    Examples of how to use those moves:


    After you trigger Word's “Open” or “Save As...” command, press Command - [up arrow key]Ÿ a few times to get to the root level of the  network, drive, or whatever you are working in.  (How many times you need to press that combination will depend on how many levels it contains.  But if you are making a macro to do this, have it do that key pressing several times—because once you get to the root level of the network, drive, or whatever, pressing that combination more times does nothing.)


    Press Tab three times. This normally results in selecting some volume (or folder) at the root level.


    To select another volume (or folder) at the root level, type the first character(s) of its name, or press the [up arrow key]Ÿ or [down arrow key] as appropriate.


    To open a particular folder within that volume (or folder), type the first character(s) of its name to select it, and press Shift - Return; repeat as needed until you get where you wanted to go.



    If anyone else likes to use macros to reduce effort in this way, and discovers any better ways to do such things, please add to this thread.