Enable the expand save panel by default

Sometimes it can happen when saving a document that you have to click first on the triangle next to the Location field to open the expanded save window. This can be very confusing, with the following command you can enable the expand save panel by default.

Copy and paste the following command in OS X Terminal:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool true
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode2 -bool true

Revert to the default setting with the following commands:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool false
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode2 -bool false

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2 thoughts on “Enable the expand save panel by default

  1. Dear Mr. W,

    do you know if is there a way to set the size of the expanded save panel?

    It looks that migrating my Mac OS configuration from a 15″ MackBook Pro to a 13″, the borders of the expanded save panel is so close to the edge of the monitor that it is hard to resize.

    Also, the size of the expanded panel is can not be reduced beyond a certain dimension when using the mouse (or trackpad). Is it possible to resize it with CLI?

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