How do stop Lion from automatically adding new documents to sidebar?

DramaLLama

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Every time I make a new document or folder or anything on my desktop (and other place I'm not sure.. ) I get it on my sidebar:



That last folder.. I know how to delete it from the sidebar but how do I stop them from appearing there every time I create a new document/folder?
 

GGJstudios

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Every time I make a new document or folder or anything on my desktop (and other place I'm not sure.. )
New documents are not automatically added to the sidebar. You have to drag them there. To control what appears on the sidebar, go to Finder > Preferences > Sidebar
That last folder.. I know how to delete it from the sidebar but how do I stop them from appearing there every time I create a new document/folder?
Drag or Command-Drag it off. It shouldn't reappear unless you manually add it. If your changes don't stick, try deleting the ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist and then relaunch Finder.
 

DramaLLama

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New documents are not automatically added to the sidebar. You have to drag them there. To control what appears on the sidebar, go to Finder > Preferences > Sidebar

Drag or Command-Drag it off. It shouldn't reappear unless you manually add it.
I never put every folder I create there, trust me.. it just shows up
 

aaandrew

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Feb 18, 2013
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Shortcut keys?

Command + T creates a shortcut in the sidebar if the Finder is the active application and files or folders are selected.

I was frustrated by this as well. Like you, I believed it was automatic and searched in vain for a box to untick. After some trial and error, I figured out that I was adding shortcuts to the sidebar accidentally.

To see how easy it is to accidentally add a shortcut, try this:
  • Close all Finder windows.
  • Single-click one file or folder on the Desktop, so that it's highlighted.
  • Bring up another application, say, a browser.
  • Now Command + TAB back to the Finder. (Notice how easy it is to mistake the browser for the active application, since there's no open Finder window to appear in front of it.)
  • Hit Command + T.
  • Open a new Finder window.

You should find that the Finder has silently added a shortcut to sidebar of your Finder windows. As a bonus, if you have, say, 10 files selected when you hit Command + T, you'll get 10 new shortcuts.

It's easy to see how someone could accidentally add a file to the sidebar, when all they wanted to do was, say, open a new tab in a browser (also Command + T).
 

syd3n

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Aug 26, 2009
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Command + T creates a shortcut in the sidebar if the Finder is the active application and files or folders are selected.

I was frustrated by this as well. Like you, I believed it was automatic and searched in vain for a box to untick. After some trial and error, I figured out that I was adding shortcuts to the sidebar accidentally.

To see how easy it is to accidentally add a shortcut, try this:
  • Close all Finder windows.
  • Single-click one file or folder on the Desktop, so that it's highlighted.
  • Bring up another application, say, a browser.
  • Now Command + TAB back to the Finder. (Notice how easy it is to mistake the browser for the active application, since there's no open Finder window to appear in front of it.)
  • Hit Command + T.
  • Open a new Finder window.

You should find that the Finder has silently added a shortcut to sidebar of your Finder windows. As a bonus, if you have, say, 10 files selected when you hit Command + T, you'll get 10 new shortcuts.

It's easy to see how someone could accidentally add a file to the sidebar, when all they wanted to do was, say, open a new tab in a browser (also Command + T).
was going crazy seeing the same folder appear in my sidebar favorites even after removing it from the sidebar every time. at least now i know why the folder got into the sidebar favorites in the first place. next i have to figure out how to keep it from appearing even after i have removed it.
 

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