Activating sidebar in "Open" dialog boxes

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by GwenGwen, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. GwenGwen macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi,

    I just bought a new Mac and I'm a bit surprised that I can't see the left sidebar inside this "Open" dialog box. I'm talking about the sidebar where you usually see Applications / Desktop / Documents / and any mounted drives.

    I'm using Multibit software in this specific example.

    It would be extremely useful since I'm trying to open a file from a USB drive, and now I can only select a location from the computer drive.

    How can I modify the preferences so the sidebar is always displayed? Is there some kind of shortcut?

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  2. ElectricSheep macrumors 6502

    ElectricSheep

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    #2
    The short answer is: you can't. Apple provides a standard Save/Open Panel as a part of AppKit, but it looks like the application in question here is using a cross-platform framework. All bets are off at this point and there isn't anything you can do as the end-user.

    You will have to ask the developers to use the standard NSSavePanel (and its subclass NSOpenPanel) from AppKit if you want the sidebar.
     
  3. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    New Zealand
    #3
    As an workaround, try dragging a file from Finder to the application's Dock icon. This "should" work, but the app in question doesn't seem to be written well so there are no guarantees.
     

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