Cus­tomise the Finder side­bar

Be more ef­fi­cient, by mak­ing use of Finder side­bar short­cuts and searches

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Be more ef­fi­cient, by mak­ing use of Finder side­bar short­cuts and searches

At some point we’ll be able to ver­bally tell a Mac what we want to work on or with and it’ll quickly serve the re­spec­tive doc­u­ment or app. In the mean­time, we must make do with man­ual searches via Spot­light, or use a file manager.

Finder is an app built into ev­ery Mac for rum­mag­ing around your drive (and be­yond) and it can be cus­tomised a lit­tle, help­ing you work faster and more ef­fi­ciently.

One area that can be bent to your will is the side­bar. This is ini­tially pop­u­lated with short­cuts Ap­ple has determined most Mac users will re­quire, in­clud­ing All My Files, Ap­pli­ca­tions and Doc­u­ments, but as our walk­through shows, you can add your own. Also, some ap­pli­ca­tions – such as Drop­box – pro­vide di­rect in­te­gra­tion with Finder and add short­cuts, although th­ese can al­ways be re­moved.

Fold­ers in the side­bar work as they do else­where in Finder, mean­ing you can drop items into them. This makes the side­bar a handy place to tem­po­rar­ily house a folder short­cut if you plan on mov­ing a lot of doc­u­ments to it. It’s typ­i­cally faster to drag doc­u­ments to the side­bar of any Finder win­dow than to a spe­cific Finder win­dow or Dock short­cut. Craig Gran­nell

Finder can be cus­tomised a lit­tle, help­ing you work faster and more ef­fi­ciently too

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