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By default I know that OS X does not allow you to do any modifications from inside the open dialog, like

  • rename files
  • move files
  • delete files
  • tag files/folders

Is it possible to tune the system in order to enable this functionality?

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Why not do all this in Finder? Check this animation for a useful way to locate your file in Finder, directly from any Document window and Open/Save dialog:

Sorry for the boring novel

I use this dozens of times every day.

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The Default Folder X add-on could help you out here. It offers a ton of additional features for the Open/Save dialog including favorites, file/folder renaming and deletion and access to metadata (tagging).

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