@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)
A quick tip, in the Finder, find the folder where you save your stories, and drag it to the left hand side of the Finder's window to the side bar. After that, that folder will appear on the left hand side of the 'Open/Save' dialog box in all Applications including MS Word for quick access.
Thanks, Lazeez. You were right, no one ever mentioned that to me before. However, my main issue is with features in MS WORD for PCs which don't work under the Mac. The most obvious, is the PC version has a "Recent documents" page (instead of a simple drop down list), where it lists each of your recent files, along with all of your recent directories, and you can pin items to either list. That makes it incredibly easy to access documents, even if you work on a new one each day. My biggest frustration with the Mac's file system, is I can't differentiate between identical folders on a USB drive, an external drive, cloud storage, or my HD. They're all listed the same, and only some of them point back to where they came from.
Growing pains, I guess. I really should have had Apple walk me though the process. Instead, while deciding while to make the investment, I 'rented' a Mac online, paying for a set number of hours, and got used to using each of the applications. However, there's a difference between 'using' an application for a couple hours, and using it for six or eight hours a day.
Pinning the folders to my favorites bar helps.
Oh, and my system is new, using El Capitan v10.11.2. The problem with the help menu, is that all the common references to how to access features have changed, making it useless requesting system help files.
Let's say I'm working on a story. In my Most Rrecent is Chap 1, Chap 2, and story-notes.
When I open Word, I click on Chap 2 in my Most Recent. It loads the file. Then I want to check something in Chap 1. When I click on "open" it doesn't bring up the Most Recent list. I have to go through what you said -- after clicking on "open," I follow the folder paths until I get to the file.
I hate belaboring the point (of my unfamiliarity with the OS), but it's even worse than that. Instead of pointing to the most recent folder, it always points to the MS WORD folder (which I never use). If I try to open a folder, I have to start with the desktop and work my way down each time (though Lazeez's suggestion fixes that problem). Instead, I've been ignoring WORD's "Open" command and instead going to my already open Finder windows to open all my files there, but even then, if I have the same folder opened on a couple different devices, I can't tell them apart (having been burned before, I like backing up immediately after I finish a chapter).
Again, these are merely learning frustrations. Once I get used to it, I'll be fine. (Although, I read up on everyone's frustration with the lack on consistent WORD features across their product line before purchasing the machine or installing the software, so I was prewarned.)