As much as we love how well the Mac works, how simple and straightforward it can be (compared to Windows or Linux), there’s always room for improvement. Aunt Tera always told me, “nothing improves without change.” So it is with the Mac. And the Mac’s Finder.
A friend asked me what I thought of Default Folder X, a Mac dialog box and Menubar utility which brings the parts of the Finder you need when the Finder isn’t around. I tried it. This is an app with some meat on the bones.
Default Folder may not be the correct name to use. In addition to a Menubar option, Default Folder attaches a toolbar to the right side of your Mac’s Open… and Save… pop up dialog boxes. Those tools are amazingly handy. When the dialog box pops up, instead of the buttons and selections Apple gives you in macOS Sierra, you have Finder options galore (that wouldn’t normally be available in a dialog box).
The claim to fame, and hence the name, is that Default Folder bounces back to the last folder you used in any given app. It remembers where to look first, where to save files, so you don’t have to do the navigating. That’s all well and good but get a load of these functions that make the app very useful.
First, the Preferences. You can choose specific folders for specific apps as the defaults to be opened each time. And you can have multiple favorites.
Likewise, Settings give you options for the Menu, Open… and Save… views and keystroke combos, the dialog box toolbar’s styles, and the ability to exclude Default Folder from specific apps.
That’s just the setup. Here’s the meat and potatoes. Take a look at what happens when a Open or Save dialog box pops up. It’s surrounded by this toolbox with all kinds of handy tools you can use while you’re still using the dialog box.
Not only can you navigate within the dialog boxes, but you can change file or folder names, zip up files into an archive, Get Info, move a file to the Mac’s Trash, and much more.
Click on the right side tools to get help, change Preferences, rename, Get Info, reveal in Finder, even move a file. You can also navigate to any location on your Mac without moving the dialog box Open or Save navigation window. It even remembers the last few folders you saved items to.
Within the pop up dialog box, Default Folder lets you search for items, change label colors, and even has a box to remember what you just did. The box surrounding the dialog box is a bit disconcerting at first. If you move the mouse pointer away from the box, it darkens the Mac’s whole screen, forcing you to focus on what you need to do.
Once you get it set up, here’s what it looks like.
All the features make Default Folder a power user tool, but every Mac user, regardless of experience, will love the additions and find them indispensable in no time, especially the rubber band effect where the macOS Sierra Open… and Save… dialog box snaps back to the assigned folder. That’s priceless.