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Anyway save does not go to Documents?
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jeff k
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Aug 15, 2015, 10:21 PM
 
I asked this years ago and the answer was no. Still drive sme mad. I have no interest in saving to Documents. I save to Desktop. Thanks!
     
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Aug 16, 2015, 09:01 AM
 
This is an individual application's preference. If individual applications aren't defaulting to the last-used save location and don't have a preference to change that, take it up with the application developer.

The only way to set this globally (though it boggles the mind that people still save everything on the desktop, like in the early 90s) is, and has been for decades, DefaultFolderX

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Aug 16, 2015, 07:02 PM
 
Thanks S, I don't save everything to desktop, maybe 50% of things. Some apps are sometimes smart, Photoshop is sometimes smart, usually not. So it's the apps, excel, word etc that is saving to documents not the Mac OS?
     
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Aug 17, 2015, 03:43 AM
 
Not sure if I mentioned this at the time, but the way I do it is to place commonly used save locations as aliases in Documents.

(Personally I save things to the desktop when they should be in some odd location,because it is usually easier to file them using the Finder, but YMMV).
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
jeff k  (op)
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Aug 17, 2015, 12:11 PM
 
Thanks P, did not understand that too much..

I think its 80% word, excel I'm saving quicktly to desktop. Amazing, but those don't have option to save to desktop?

I downloaded default folder, to test --have no idea how to use it yet...

And it's amazing the OS does not offer a default save to desktop no?
     
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Aug 17, 2015, 12:30 PM
 
Why should it? Pictures should be saved in ~/Pictures. Music files in ~/Music. Movies in ~/Movies. Other documents in ~/Documents.
     
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Aug 17, 2015, 12:40 PM
 
S I do save itunes library in music, but for some reason have never used those other folders.

I actually have a folder called documents that comes after the root hardrive. Maybe I should have done it Apples way!

But that brings up a good points: my Documents is on my hard drive, not the Mac HD, which used to give one 100 gigs only when I set this up 10 years ago.
     
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Aug 17, 2015, 06:33 PM
 
I find that Word will save to desktop just fine; you have to expand the save window location to select it.

I also like and use lots of aliases to point things where I want to go.
     
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Aug 18, 2015, 01:29 PM
 
Thanks Andi,
Well yes, command D, and it changes to desktop, been doing that a long time. It's a nuisance, would be nice to just have it default to desktop. Not possible?

Is your alias trick, would that save to desktop without having to to the command D? thanks.
     
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Aug 18, 2015, 01:53 PM
 
No.
     
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Aug 18, 2015, 04:55 PM
 
One option that you have is to drag any frequently-used location to the sidebar of a Finder window. Then, when you would like to Save a file to the location, you can Save, then select the location in the location in the sidebar, and you won't need to navigate to find a location every time that you Save a file.

Here is my Finder window:

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Sep 8, 2015, 01:18 AM
 
Why not create a download directory and set the browsers to use it? Works for me.
     
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Sep 8, 2015, 04:58 AM
 
Because this isn't about browser downloads. Those go to the downloads folder by default, not into Documents.
     
   
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