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Chapter 6. When You Can't Find, Open, or... > Understanding Opening and Saving

Understanding Opening and Saving

Open and Save Dialog Boxes

There are now two entirely different styles of Open and Save dialog boxes that you might confront: the original style and the new style. The new style is sometimes referred to as the Navigation Services dialog box. When will you see the new style box? First, you have to be running Mac OS 8.5 or later. Second, the application you are using has to be written to be Navigation Services-aware. As I write this, very few applications are Navigation Services-aware. Even some of Apple's own software, such as SimpleText, still uses the old style dialog box. But as updates are released, this is likely to change.

The Open or Save dialog box appears after you select the Open, Save, or Save As commands from the File menu of most applications. These same dialog boxes may occasionally be used for situations where you select or choose a file/folder, rather than open or save it—such as selecting a destination folder for files downloaded from the Web.


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