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5. Documents, Programs, and Dashboard > The Save and Open Dialog Boxes

The Save and Open Dialog Boxes

When you choose File→Save, you’re asked where you want the new document stored on your hard drive. The resulting dialog box is crystal-clear—more than ever, it’s a miniature Finder. All of the skills you’ve picked up working at the desktop come into play here.

To give it a try, launch any included Mac OS X program that has a Save or Export command—TextEdit, for example. (Not all programs from other software companies have updated their Save dialog boxes yet.) Type a couple of words and then choose File→Save. The Save sheet appears (Figure 5-13).

Tip

In Mac OS X, a quick glance at the Close button in the upper-left corner of a document window tells you whether it’s been saved. When a small dot appears in the red button, it means you’ve made changes to the document that you haven’t saved yet (time to press -S!). The dot disappears as soon as you save your work.


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