Let’s say you want to save a file in a certain folder, but don’t want to waste time rooting through folders in the Save dialog box to get to it. There’s a simpler way to navigate to a specific folder in both Snow Leopard and Lion – assuming that folder is already open or is easier to access in the Finder than it would be in the app.

First, switch from the program you’re in to the Finder. Find the folder where you want to save your file, select it, and press Cmd-C (or select Edit > Copy). Switch back to your app and choose File > Save (or File > Save As). When the Save dialog box appears, press Cmd-V. That will open a Go To The Folder dialog box (the same one you see if you select Go > Go To Folder in the Finder) and fill it in with your copied folder’s path.

When you click on the Go button (or press Return), the Save dialog box will open that folder.

Strangely, this same trick doesn’t work in Open dialog boxes. If you do the same thing, you’ll only paste in the name of the folder, not its full path.

By copying a folder in the Finder and then summoning the Go To The Folder dialog box in an app, you can paste the path to a folder instead of having to navigate to it