3 Quick Tips to Make Print and Save Dialogs Bigger and Better

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Mac Geek Gab listener Seth sent us 3 quick tips this week and as soon as I read them I knew we had to share them with you. Each of these is to be typed (or copied and pasted) into your Mac's Terminal, and we tested them here and each work great on our Mountain Lion machine.

One note: when you paste each of these in, you will not get ANY confirmation other than simply a new Terminal prompt. If you see that, all is well. And now... from Seth:

The first will cause the print dialog box to always open in the expanded mode:

defaults write -g PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool TRUE

The second will cause the save dialog to always open in expanded mode:

defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUE

This last one will cause the default save location in the save dialog to NOT be iCloud:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSDocumentSaveNewDocumentsToCloud -bool false

Thanks so much, Seth! I went and pasted each of these into the Terminal on my Mac as soon as I read the tips. GREAT stuff!

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Paul Robinson

Tantalizing, but please, oh please, post some screenshots showing the difference, before and after.

Otherwise, one really doesn’t know for sure what these do, or whether they’re worth doing!


Paul ~ Before you do this, select “Print” on this page, then click “Show Details.” which is what you will see if you run the first Terminal command.  For the “Save” commands preview, choose “Save.” and click the down arrow next to the hinted title line at the top of the dialog box.


I really can’t thank you enough for the iCloud default save location tip.

I’m working on some writing at the moment and using Pages and iCloud makes a lot of sense for that because no matter what Mac I’m using, I can resume my writing.

On the other hand, I do a great many other things that involve Preview and Textedit and having iCloud Documents enabled was such a pain because it would always show iCloud first as the default save location.

Your tip is great and so is the timing.  Thanks so much.


Love these tips, thanks.

Another one I do on every Mac that I got from you years ago ito copy email addresses as `foo@example.com` instead of `Foo Bar <foo@example.com>` in Mail.app:-

defaults write com.apple.mail AddressesIncludeNameOnPasteboard -bool false

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