Thursday, July 20, 2006

Mac OS X Tip Of The Day: Giving Your Favorite Files And Folders Easier Access

This very simple tip will teach you how to create and place a file or folder shortcut in the Finder's left sidebar.

I'm a neat freak. Even in the virtual realm. So my computer has tons of folders with subfolders that have their own subfolders, and so on... That's just how I like my files. I like to keep them extremely organized. But oftentimes, looking for a particular file or folder becomes quite the tedious task (epecially if you're forgetful, like I am). Spotlight actually makes things a lot easier to find. All I have to do is type in the file or folder name.... VOILA! But for my "favorite" folders (the ones I always access, but for some reason, still always have difficulty finding), I create shortcuts that lead to them, and these shortcuts are placed neatly in the Finder's left sidebar. It makes things a lot easier for me. Just one click, and I'm inside my favorite folder. So here's how to do it:

Launch Finder, and look for the file or folder that you would like to create a shortcut to. Then simply click and drag the file or folder onto the left sidebar, and release:

And you're done!

If you'd like to remove the shortcut, simply click and drag it outside of the sidebar, release, and poof (you'll really see it go poof)!
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