If you tend to write up many documents, you’re probably familiar with the very useful Save As feature. Using the Save As feature, you can easily and quickly save a new version of a currently opened document, without writing over the currently opened version. This is very useful in terms of increasing productivity.

Using Save As you can also easily save a current file type, as a different file type, for purposes of compatibility and backup. You can also save an extra copy of your document, in a different location, if you wish to do so. Overall the Save As feature is a very underrated feature on your Mac, that provides great ease and feasibility.

Unfortunately, however, the Save As feature, once a default option in the Mac OS X File menu, is now hidden, by default, in newer software releases. However, all is not lost. You can use a simple keyboard app shortcut, in order to have access to the Save As feature in the File menu. This is very easy to carry out, and only requires a few moments of your time. In order to get started, and learn how to get the Save As feature on your Mac, follow the simple instructions below.

Get Save As Keystroke and File Menu Item in Mac OS X

All you need to do is adjust a few settings on your system, and you’ll be on your way, using the Save As feature to save you ample time. In order to get started, follow the easy instructions below.

1. Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen.

2. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on System Preferences.


3. Click on the Keyboard preference panel.

4. You’ll see a list of tabs towards the top of the window. Please click on the Shortcuts tab.

5. Click on App Shortcuts on the left side of the window.

All Applications

6. Click on the + button in order to create a new shortcut for All Applications.

7. For Menu Title, write Save As…, being sure to include the three dots.

Keyboard Shortcut

8. For Keyboard Shortcut, press command + shift + S.

9. Click on Add towards the bottom right, in order to finish adding the Save As keyboard shortcut to your Mac.

10. Close System Preferences.

If you followed the directions above correctly, Save As… will now appear in the File menu, for all applications. You can easily test out this feature by navigating to any application that supports file saving, and using the File menu, in order to save your file. You can also use the keyboard shortcut, that is, command + shift + S.

If for some reason the feature isn’t working, please ensure that you properly typed Save As… in the Menu Title in step #7, from the instructions above.

If you don’t follow the instructions above, you can still access the Save As feature in Mac OS Mojave, and other versions of Mac OS X, by pressing the Option key modifiers.

You’ll have to press command + option + shift + S in order to access the Save As on most modern versions of Mac OS X. However, it’s quite a hassle to press all these keys, as you’ll be twisting your fingers, all over the place. However, if you use the instructions above, you’re simply remapping that complicated keystroke into the much simpler and easy to press command + shift + S keystroke. This actually used to be the default in Mac OS X.

Its possible Apple may revert back to the simpler method in future software updates. You should always ensure you keep the software on your Mac up to date. Software updates not only provide users to new and easy to use features, but also fix problems that you may not even have known you had.

Software is not perfect and bugs appear often. Luckily, Apple is constantly releasing subsequent software updates in order to correct the mistakes that occurred on prior updates. Be sure to update the software on your Mac, whenever applicable. This will only take a few moments of your time, and will be well worth it, in the end.