The boxes have been around forever and they work the same way as forever. With each open dialog box you’re required to navigate to wherever you need to find or save a file. If a Mac is so smart, why can’t it figure out which folder I need to find files or save files?
Navigate Folders From Pop Ups
As with many experienced Apple customers, with every new Mac I install a handful of essential utility apps first, including this one.
It’s called Default Folder X and it’s been around on the Mac since forever (which might explain Apple’s reticence to improve the pop up dialog boxes).
What DFX does is simple. It adds a toolbar to the Open and Save dialog boxes that show up in Mac apps.
The toolbar lets you move to folders and files anywhere on the Mac– while the pop up dialog box is open.
That means you can change file names, find recently used folders, make changes to various settings, and, again– while the pop up dialog box is open. Take a look at what happens to the basic pop up Open and Save dialog boxes with Default Folder installed.
Even better, DFX remembers specific folders for specific apps so you don’t have to re-navigate to find or save files in a folder.
That said, there are six basic reasons to love DFX.
- Directory Assistant – find file and folder contents from the DFX toolbar
- Save Time – DFX remembers folders used by specific apps
- Finder Manager – open or save any Finder window with a click
- Instant Recall – returns you to folders most recently used
- Spotlight – add keywords, view meta tags and Finder labels
- Preview – view previews of files from within the dialog box
Instead of bouncing back and forth between whatever app you’re using and the Finder to make file and folder changes, DFX brings the Finder’s capabilities to the pop up Open and Save dialog boxes.
This is the kind of Mac app that Mac power users love to use. It gets out of your way but it’s always there.