How to Save as a Target for Mac Computers

By Chris Anzalone

Updated September 15, 2017

The "Save Target As" function allows you to save and sort files (such as images) using web browsers on a Windows-based computer. You simply need to right-click the file and select the "Save Target As" option from the pop-up list to move files from the web to your hard drive. This function does not exist in Mac OS-X under the same name, and in fact the standard Macintosh mouse does not even contain a right button, but you can still perform the same procedure in a slightly different manner.

Open a web browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Avoid using Internet Explorer, as Microsoft ceased support for the Mac edition of Explorer in 2005, and as a result the browser fails to support many current websites. To locate your available web browsers, click the “Macintosh HD” folder on your desktop, and then select “Applications” from the left column of the “HD” folder. Your browsers appear inside this folder.

Hold down the “Control” (CTRL) key on your keyboard and use your mouse to click any image or link that appears in your web browser. If your mouse contains both a left and a right button, you can right-click the target just as you would on a Windows-based computer, but if your mouse has only one button (such as the standard Apple mouse), hold the “Control” button while clicking.

Click the "Save Link As” or “Save Image As” option that appears on the pop-up list. This serves the same function as the “Save Target As” option, allowing you to transfer the image or web URL to your hard drive.

Assign a destination to your image or link. When the navigation window appears, select a folder from your list of options and click the “Save” button in the lower right corner of the window.


You can also save files using a drag-and-drop approach. Using any web browser on your Mac, just click and hold any file or image using your mouse, and drag the object directly onto your desktop, or into a folder on your hard drive.