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I know that when you're saving or opening a file shift D shoots you to the Desktop folder, and pressing shift D whilst using finder shoots you to the desktop folder as well.

Is there a way to create a custom shortcut to jump to your own choice of folder? (e.g. shift W for your 'Work' folder).

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By default, no. What I've done is drag folders I access frequently to the Places section in the left side bar. There is software to accomplish this though. Default Folder X does this, and more.

If you're in a save dialogue you can press / to get a file path dialogue, or press +Shift+G to get a "Go to folder" dialogue.

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Thanks! I'll give DFX a go; also good to know the / trick. I'll see if anyone else has any suggestions and come back and Correct Answer your answer. –  glenstorey Mar 18 '11 at 0:09
    
Since DFX is $50NZ I might leave it for now, looks great though. I've put an alias to my work folder in the top level, and I'm going to try going /W <TAB> to get there quick. Not ideal, but looks like best built in option so far. –  glenstorey Mar 18 '11 at 0:16

Not a shortcut, but you can drag finder proxy icons (in the titlebar), folders and even files into open/save dialogues to jump to the folder (if you drag a file, the file name field will be prefilled with its file name).

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