Mac OS X: Workaround for the New Folder dialog bug

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
April 21st, 2003 • 11:50 pm

As noted in an earlier item, Mac OS X still suffers (as of 10.2.5) of an annoying bug in the “New Folder” dialog box that pops up on top of the “Save As…” dialog when you click on the “New Folder” button to create a new folder before saving a file inside it.

In a nutshell, even though the “Create” button is in pulsating blue and should, therefore, respond to the return or enter key, it doesn’t. The only way to activate it is to click on it with the mouse.

Well, a reader has just sent me a perfect workaround for this: instead of clicking on the “New Folder” button in the “Save As…” dialog, type cmd-N. This will bring up a “New Folder” window that is different from the one brought up by clicking on the “New Folder” button:

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And in this particular window, the return/enter key works! Yey! Thanks Charles!

3 Responses to “Mac OS X: Workaround for the New Folder dialog bug”

  1. Thomas S. England says:

    Doesn’t seem to work for me: I type Cmd-N and get no response (10.2.8).

    I agree that this has always been annoying, so I would like a way to fix it.

    Thomas S. England
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  2. Pierre Igot says:

    I have since found out that this alternative “New Folder” dialog is actually not part of Mac OS X, but of the Default Folder X Open/Save dialog enhancement. So you’ll need to purchase this tool (which I personally find invaluable) in order to have access to this “fix”.

    More on Default Folder X here:

  3. Pierre Igot says:

    More developments on this: it now appears that the problem is fixed in Cocoa applications, but not in Carbon applications:

    (read the comments)

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