Mac OS X Lion: Save-As with Versions

One of Lion’s touted features is Versions for files. While it’s supposed to make it more convenient to find previous versions of documents similar to Time Machine retrieve old files, it has turned into a hassle for those wanting to save a copy of that file with a new title. Here’s the new way to “Save-As” in Lion.

In this example I’m using Apple’s word processing app Pages.

This is another case of having to Think Different to get the same task accomplished. Instead of the traditional Save-As selection in the file menu, click the Duplicate option.

Then you’ll see there are now two documents being shown. One is the original, the one on top is the copy that is labeled as such.

Now click Save on the duplicate document you just created.

Instead of just saving another Version, it will bring up the Save As field allowing you to type in the new title.

Now you’re able to save a new copy of a file with a new title on your local machine. Or store it on an external drive or network location. This only applies to apps that have been optimized for OS X Lion.



  1. Jim Seybert

    April 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks Josh – this post helped me realize that I was not going crazy. It begs the question (again): Do the folks who design the software at Apple actually USE the software? Why in the world would they do this? Doesn’t make sense.

  2. Chris Parsons

    April 22, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I suppose it’s all down to marketing, trying to persuade people to buy the newest and best version of their OS. Let’s face it, all the major OS’s do pretty much all of what we need, they’re all pretty stable, so how else do you get the money to come in? Feature-itis!

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