defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUEThis simple little command turns this:
After learning this, I finally stopped swearing at the gods of bad design decisions and proceeded to happily download papers and save them to where I wanted in a single step, just as nature intended.
While I'm at it, here some of my other favorite OS X modifications. Most of them are just little settings tweaks:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
# Show hidden files
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png
# Screenshots to PNG
defaults write com.apple.Terminal FocusFollowsMouse TRUE
# Sloppy Focus in Terminal
defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool TRUE
# Show POSIX path in title
defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean TRUE; killall Dock
# Make Leopard dock non-hideous.
I also found this one today that sets your screensaver as your background. I tried it out, but it doesn't work as well as I'd like. For one, the clock stays sticky over all your windows, and the transparent menuar shows your old desktop. Still, it was kind of cute.:
/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/\ Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background &I suppose I should get back to real work now.