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How to get "Save As" Shortcut Back in macOS Mojave



  Save as

The menu item "Save as" is hidden in macOS Mojave. Apple would prefer you to "copy" the file to make changes. It may be more intuitive for new users, but it is confusing if you are used to "Save As."

"Save as" remains

This option never left the file menu. It's just hidden behind the key option. In fact, Apple hides a lot of menu items behind the option key without any visual message. Try opening the Apple menu and holding the radio button. You see that many menu items change to different related options. For example, "If this computer" becomes "System Information."

  Hidden option key menus

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This helps keep the menu clean but makes it difficult to find these options. Some people believe that "Save As" has been completely removed, but it is still there!

You can still use "Save As" by either:

  • Hold down Options while you have the File menu open (which will change "Duplicate" to "Save As") or
  • directly on the + Shift + Options command + S (shortcut for "Save" plus Options and Shift keys)

Both options are a bit cumbersome but the functionality is still there:

 Save as shortcut

Command + Shift + Options + S is not the shortcut you might use. It has been changed from Command + Shift + S, which has been redistributed to "Duplicate". A four-button shortcut is a bit long after such a useful feature, but fortunately we can make it easier by hacking it back to the File menu.

How to retrieve keyboard shortcut and menu items Back

If you accidentally duplicate the file by pressing the old "Save As" key, you can change it manually in macOS keyboard settings. Go to the Apple menu> System Preferences> Keyboard and click the Shortcuts tab.

 Keyboard settings App paths

Click on "App paths" at the bottom of the list in the left pane. This is to add general menu item shortcuts, which is exactly what we want. Click the "+" button at the bottom to add a new shortcut.

Next, make sure your new shortcut is set to "All Programs" so it's a system-wide change. Type "Save As …" in the Title menu. This must be precise, capitalized and with three periods at the end, otherwise it will not work.

Finally, click the "Keyboard Shortcut" box and press the old shortcut, Command-Shift-S. Alternatively, you can enter any other keyboard shortcut that you prefer to use for this action. Click the "Add" button and you are done.

 Keyboard settings add new app path

Keep in mind that this is considering standard system shortcuts. If you provide a hotkey commonly used for something else, your Mac will disable the old shortcut for the benefit of the new one you added. Therefore, this "Shortcut" overrides the shortcut. However, you can double files by clicking on the object in the menu bar – this only disables the keyboard genre. If you want to set a new "Duplicate" shortcut, you can create one from this screen just as you created shortcut "Save As".

You will now see "Save As …" back in the menu under "Save", complete with the same old shortcut. This only applies to apps that have a "Save As" function. If you do not see "Save As" in an application menu and it appears when you hold down the Options key, you probably have incorrect "Save As …" while creating the shortcut. Go back and double check it must be exact.


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