Apple provided some great default keyboard shortcuts in Mac OS X Snow Leopard and one of my favorites was Command+D. You could use that keyboard shortcut combination to select the Don’t Save option when closing a document you haven’t saved yet. Unfortunately Apple decided to change the keyboard shortcut combination in Mac OS X Lion.
The following dialog box is an example of what pops up when you attempt to close an application after you’ve been editing a document and you haven’t saved it yet.
You can take one of the following three actions from your keyboard which this dialog box opens:
- If you want to cancel a file save dialog without saving the file that you modified then new keyboard shortcut combination is Command+Delete. It replaces Command+D used in previous generations of Mac OS X.
- If on the other hand you just want to cancel the save and remain in the application you are editing your document in you can hit ESC or Command+Period just like before since Lion hasn’t changed this.
- If you want to save your document then just hit the Enter/Return key which again isn’t something Lion has changed.