As many of you have no doubt noticed, Apple removed the Save As shortcut (Command + Shift + S) from Apple Apps in Lion and replaced it with the new Duplicate command. What this command does, is creates an exact duplicate of the active document. When you save the duplicate, the application prompts you for a new file name.
This new “feature” adds several additional steps to the process of saving the active file with a different name, all needing to be accomplished with the mouse as there is not a keyboard shortcut for the Duplicate command. Being as there is no keyboard shortcut, I created one myself, adding the Command + Shift + S command to my keyboard preferences. Now, every time I press the shortcut, the app creates a duplicate of the file. All I need to do then is to press Command + S to save the file with a new name.
To Create a Duplicate using a Keyboard Shortcut
- Select Apple > System Preferences from the menu.
- Click the Keyboard icon in the Hardware area.
- Click Application Shortcuts in the left pane.
- Click the + (plus) symbol under the windows.
- From the Application drop-down list, choose “All Applications”
- Click in the Menu title box and type Duplicate.
- Click in the Keyboard Shortcut box and press the Command+Shift+S keys (or whatever keyboard shortcut you want to use).
- Click Add.
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