Save As feature

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by shimbo1234, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. shimbo1234 macrumors newbie

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    I just upgraded to macOS Sierra and notice that when I am downloading documents from the internet and go to the Save As dialogue box, I only get to see the last saved folder.

    In other words, the left column shows me the contents of the folder I last downloaded into. In Yosemite, the dialogue box showed me a few parent folders, too. I prefer seeing the other folders, as I do not want to save every document into the same folder.

    I hope I am clear in explaining this. Thank you for your time.
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    Same thing happens when I open. It tries to figure out how far back i want to go with the folders but its algorithm is wrong..
    I would like to see more folders, not just the final folder
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You need to click here to expose that info. If I am understanding your question. :)

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  3. shimbo1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is not what I mean. Attached is the view I have when I download a file. I have already clicked that little down arrow.
    In the red box appears the contents of only one folder without showing me the parent folders to the left.
    In the older versions of macOS (ie yosemite) it showed me the most recent folder to which I downloaded as well as some parent folders. I don't always want to save to that same folder.
    Therefore, I have to click the teal box and go back too far. It's just more work now for something that was so simple.

    Same problem when opening files.
     

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  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I don't think anything there has changed with Sierra.

    If you click on Pharmacology in your screenshot you can see the path and navigate up from there (screenshot). You should also see recents at the bottom. Also try hitting command-up arrow and it will move you up through the folder structure.

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  5. shimbo1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's definitely changed. maybe not from El Capitan..
    Thanks for the reply! I'll just live with it.
    cmd + up is a nice shortcut
     
  6. 1024724 macrumors member

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    It changed in El Capitan and it's horrible. Worse still is that people who don't use column view don't understand what you're talking about. Column view is rendered useless since El Capitan, the entire file path is ignored except the last save point. The dialog navigation treats every last save point as if it was the root or something. It's always shown the path all the way back to the Volume itself. Now... no way to navigate except the Command + Up which sets it to where it should be by default. I just do not, cannot, understand the random, out-of-the-blue, willy-nilly changes Apple makes anymore, most of the time.
     
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    Where is that "Pharmacology" folder located and what app are you using?
     
  8. shimbo1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah! Maybe I should downgrade back to Yosemite? There was nothing wrong with it
     
  9. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a

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    When the next version of macOS is released in the Fall, Yosemite will no longer receive security updates.
     
  10. shimbo1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you think there is a way to edit this feature via changing code? or maybe appeal to the people at Apple?
     
  11. 1024724, Jan 24, 2017
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    There must be a way but it's beyond my knowledge. I've edited many things in an attempt to get it back to normal for the past year and I've sent feedback to Apple. I would have told you any insight I have because I know how irritating it is. To be perfectly clear - I still deal with it daily, nothing I've done has fixed it.

    There are a number of threads about it on Apple's forums since El Capitan was released. Again, they're answered by people who don't use Column View and don't understand so instead they just think the posters are noob idiots rather than reading and comprehending what's being conveyed. Second issue is that it's not necessarily the easiest problem to put into words.

    All I see now is one column populated follwed by a bunch of empty, pointless columns.


    Example.

    Saving a file (named File-01) a few layers deep in Volumes/Archives. Everything about this is normal, no problems.
    screenshot 1.png

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    Next, save another file (named File-02), this is what's shown every time the Open or Save dialog is called. You can see that no originating path is shown through the columns, they're all empty. The last save point always becomes the new origin point. The Volume isn't even hightlighted in the sidebar - absolutely nothing is shown except empty columns.
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    This is what should be and is expected to be shown when saving the next file: screenshot 3.png
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    Also, here are a couple of links. As you'll see, they all go nowhere.

    Directory path disappered

    Finder column view bug

    Annoying behaviuor in open and save dialogs

    Finder column view bug hampers functionality and flow!

    Full path in column view dialog window
     
  12. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    You column-viewers should definitely lobby Apple for a reversion of this behavior.

    I don't think there's any OS-altering method to return the simplicity of what used to be in this case. Pretty sure that TotalFinder et al doesn't address this (although you could contact the developers and see what they say).

    Another workaround would be some sort of Folder Action that opens the appropriate folders upon a download. Whether or not that's useful would depend on the individual and his/her workflow. It is definitely slower.
     
  13. shimbo1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's exactly it. I, too, say we should bring this to Apple's attention. However, I have no idea if they would even listen...or where we would submit our thoughts. 1024724, your post is dead on, simple and to the point.
     

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