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Chapter 24. Making & Using Favorites > Taking Advantage of Favorites

Taking Advantage of Favorites

Favorites can make it much easier to access your favorite folders, documents, web pages, etc. Here are some ways to take advantage of Favorites.

  • Rather than go hunting for the folder you are using most often this week, make it a Favorite. Then you can go to the Favorites submenu or Favorites folder to open it quickly, rather than having to dig through the Finder windows. For instance, at the moment I need to get to my folder that stores all of the chapters for this book. It resides in a “partition” (a separate section of my hard disk), which means to get to it I have to open that disk partition from the Computer window and open another window or two to get to my book folder. Instead, I made the folder a Favorite. Now from the Go menu I can open the folder directly, or open my Favorites folder with a click on the icon, then open my book folder.


    A problem with the Favorites submenu is that there are no visual clues as to whether a file listed is a folder, application, document, web site, server, etc. You have to be very familiar with the files you put in here. Notice that Favorite folders have no submenus—you can’t go straight to a document in a folder, but you can open the folder. Notice also that if you have a large number of Favorites (as shown here), it sort of defeats the purpose of making things easy to find and open. There are other ways to make files accessible, so use Favorites as a rotating collection of the files you need the most at this particular moment.


  • Another advantage to putting my book folder in Favorites is that when I need to open another book chapter, the folder is listed in my menu in the Open dialog box, as shown below. I don’t have to hunt around the directory to find it. I love this feature.


    In some applications’ Open dialog boxes, only the folders, partitions, and servers in the Favorites folder appear in this “From” menu.



    In other Open dialog boxes, the Favorite applications also appear in this list. However, if you select a Favorite application, the dialog box opens the folder that the application is stored within, not the application itself.


  • Yet another advantage to putting my book folder in Favorites is that when I need to save a new chapter, the folder is listed in the “Where” menu in the Save As dialog box, as shown below. I don’t have to hunt around the directory to find it. I love this feature, too.



  • If you are on a network, either a small one in your home office or a larger corporate network, you can make a Favorite of a server icon (directions are on page 382). Then when you need to connect, you can just double-click the server Favorite.

    If you originally logged on to that server as “Guest,” you won’t see any dialog boxes when you connect with the alias—the server will just appear almost instantly. If you originally signed on with a name and a password, you will have to type the password.


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