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zoran

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Is it possible to keep a specific size, as far as width is concerned, for the Mac Finder Sidebar? Can one set a specific width and save it as a standard width for all finder windows?
 

Gregg2

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No. At least not natively within the OS. Built-in flexibility and the propensity for user tweaking makes this a problem.
 

Gregg2

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Because it allows so much flexibility, it's difficult or impossible to standardize the width of the Sidebar. Way back in OS9, things were more rigid and did not change when you reopened a folder. With OSX allowing multiple Views and settings, Finder no longer saved the View for each folder, and modifications made to one window showed up when opening another (not settings, but things like window size).
 

zoran

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I dont see the difficulty in this case though. I only need the sidebar to fit to a width thats relevant to the "names" to the favorite folders that can be set there. Thats all i wanted :)
 

zoran

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If i recall correctly, in older OS's this was an available feature!
 

Gregg2

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See post #4. In those days, there wasn't a sidebar. I can't speak to OSX prior to Leopard, but my hunch is that the flexibility of window views was present all the way back to 10.1, along with the sidebar. OS9 would also remember each window's position on the screen. I had elaborate cascading folders, etc. All that went away when I upgraded to Leopard.
 
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