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Chapter 1. Mac Os X Annoyances > SIDESTEP THE SIDEBAR

SIDESTEP THE SIDEBAR

The Annoyance:

The Finder's sidebar in Mac OS X Panther can be handy, but it eats up screen space. That can be a problem if I want to see the contents of multiple windows at once. Manually opening and closing the sidebar is a pain in the neck-or rather, a pain in my clicking-and-dragging finger. Is there any way to avoid the Finder sidebar altogether?

The Fix:

There are two tricks you can use to keep the sidebar closed, while still getting quick and easy access to your folders and files. In fact, these tricks also work in Mac OS X 10.2, which doesn't even have a sidebar. The idea is to make efficient use of the pop-up menus that both the Dock and the Finder's toolbar have-menus that don't take up any screen space when you aren't using them. Check this out:


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