How do I paste a file path into a standard file open/save dialog?

I have googled this and found articles that say that the normal ⌘ CMD-V will work, however it does not work for me.

I'm running Mac OS 10.10.2 with minimal system customizations.

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In your open/save window, press Cmd-Shift-G to open a window where you can paste the path.

This also works in Finder.

  • I can do cmd-shift-g in an open dialog and a dialog in a dialog pops up, "Go to the folder". I have a text field, but copy/paste keys are disabled and do not work.
    – clay
    Mar 25, 2015 at 23:12
  • paste Works for me into the "Go to the folder:" field? What are you tring to copy? In my test I was able to copy paste something like /Users/devuser
    – MrDaniel
    Mar 25, 2015 at 23:22
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    @clay you cannot use ⌘+V to paste into dialog boxes, but if you right-click there is a paste in the popup menu.
    – Milliways
    Mar 25, 2015 at 23:56
  • Thank you @Milliways. I can do right-click->Paste, but ⌘+V does not work as was said.
    – clay
    Mar 26, 2015 at 0:30
  • @clay Obviously the information you found is wrong. the keyboard shortcuts do not work in system dialog boxes in any program. I find this mildly annoying in my own programs, but not so annoying that it is worth writing my own dialogs.
    – Milliways
    Mar 26, 2015 at 2:03

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