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The only thing I like about Microsoft's implementation of the Common User Architecture is the Save As... feature, which makes it easy to use cloud storage, local backups, etc. I know, I know, you can always use "Duplicate" and "Move" the copy. That takes considerably longer than "Save As...". It's a real workflow-disrupter.

In recent version of macOS, this functionality has likely disappeared. Is there an easy way to get it back (or to add it to the menu again)?

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With the File menu open, press and hold the Option key to get the Save As... command.

Video demonstration of Save As...


Update: Some new users of macOS may be concerned about the discoverability of the command, as it is not visible by default in the Pages menu bar. And most users aren't aware that the Option modifier key can alter the behavior of commands.

An alternate discovery approach that new users can take to discover a command is to go to the Help menu and search for the desired command. A match, if available, would be highlighted, along with its keyboard shortcut, even if it is not directly available in the app menu. The same is illustrated below for Save As... command in Pages for macOS.

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The trick works in any native macOS app.

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    As discoverable as one can get... – Ruslan Jul 13 at 8:03
  • @Ruslan Updated. I hope you find that slightly more helpful. – Nimesh Neema Jul 13 at 8:12
  • Oh, that looks much better. Is this white arrow part of the actual GUI, not what you've added yourself? I don't see the hint to press Option key to access the actual menu item though... – Ruslan Jul 13 at 8:22
  • @Ruslan Native macOS GUI. – Nimesh Neema Jul 13 at 8:23
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As others have said, you can get ‘Save As’ with the Option key.

However, I prefer another way, which I have been promoting since Mountain Lion came out in 2012.

  1. Go to System Preferences » Keyboard » Shortcuts » App Shortcuts.

  2. Click the + button.

System Preferences Then enter ‘Save As…’ as the menu item and ⌘ ⇧ S as the keyboard shortcut:

Second Screenshot

Once you click ‘Add’ you will have the original keyboard shortcut for ‘Save As…’ back, since there is still no reason on earth why it should mean ‘Duplicate’. That was a dumb decision that Apple has stuck with for 8+ years.

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    Is that a custom theme you installed to give you green buttons instead of aqua? Or is the ability to change that color finally built in to some version of the OS? – Cody Gray Jul 11 at 10:42
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    @CodyGray System Preferences > General > Accent colour. Since Mojave there a more options than blue and graphite. – Jan Fabry Jul 11 at 11:37
  • Mojave has had accent color options (and dark mode!) ever since its release, which was over a year ago. – Dev Jul 11 at 22:37
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You can save the current document in Pages, Numbers and Keynote to a new location with Option Shift Command S. Holding down Option when the File menu is revealed will display Save As... in the place of Duplicate.

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  • This is a big help, guys. I am now contemplating if my AppleScript skills are sufficient to make the Save As when the option key flickers to the default menu. – John R. Woodward Jul 12 at 5:22
  • No AppleScript skills are necessary! Just remap the keyboard shortcut. – TJ Luoma Jul 13 at 5:52

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