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Chapter 3. Customizing the Finder > Customizing the Sidebar

Customizing the Sidebar

In addition to the predefined items in the Sidebar (), you can add your own items, including folders, documents, and Web Internet Location files, to name a few. When you click a volume or folder in the Sidebar, the Finder displays its contents in the window. When you click an application, document, or Web Internet Location file, the item opens in its own application window. If you accidentally remove a Sidebar icon, you can't undo it, but you can redisplay Mac OS X specific items using Finder Preferences. Unfortunately, you have to recreate the ones you added.

Customize the Sidebar

  • Add items. Drag the items to the lower section of the Sidebar.

    TIMESAVER Select an item, and then press +T, or use the Add To Sidebar command on the File menu.

  • Remove items. Drag the items outside of the Sidebar to detach them.

  • Rearrange items. Drag the items up or down in the list.

  • Change the column width. Position the mouse pointer over the divider between the Sidebar and the window contents, and then drag to change the width.

  • Hide and show the Sidebar. Double-click the vertical divider to hide it. To show the Sidebar again, double-click the left edge of the window.


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