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

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by DramaLLama, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. DramaLLama macrumors 6502

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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:

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    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?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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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. If your changes don't stick, try deleting the ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist and then relaunch Finder.
     
  3. DramaLLama thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I never put every folder I create there, trust me.. it just shows up
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    See the last sentence of my post. Where are you creating these folders?
     
  5. aaandrew macrumors newbie

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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).
     
  6. syd3n macrumors newbie

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    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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