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10.3: Hide the left sidebar without hiding the toolbar Desktop
In Mac OS X 10.3's Finder, the toolbar widget (or View -> Hide Toolbar) not only hides the toolbar, but also the left pane.

For the people who would like to have the toolbar but not the left pane, do not despair yet! You can simply double-click on the resize dot separating the left pane from the main content area to collapse the left pane. However, this works on a per-window basis, so you'll have to double-click for every new window.

Note that the same technique can be used to bring back the left pane back to where it was.

[robg adds: I'm not aware of any way to get the opposite -- hiding the toolbar while still having a sidebar. Also, as in previous releases of OS X, you can make the "with toolbar without sidebar" appearance the default for all new windows with this method: Close all Finder windows, open one new window, double-click the dot to vanish the sidebar, set any other settings (view type, size, position) that you wish, then close the window before activating any icons within the window.]
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10.3: Hide the left sidebar without hiding the toolbar
Authored by: schrammalama on Oct 25, '03 03:08:34AM

Along the lines of working with the toolbar...
Cmd clicking on the aqua rectangle changes the display of icons and text.
1 - smaller icon and smaller text
2 - normal icon and no text
3- smaller icon and no text
4 - no icon and normal text
5 - no icon and smaller text

This is also true for mail.app and perhaps other programs which use the toolbar.
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10.3: Hide the left sidebar without hiding the toolbar
Authored by: vogunaescht on Oct 25, '03 04:48:27AM

and has been true since 10.1



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10.3: Hide the left sidebar without hiding the toolbar
Authored by: osxpounder on Oct 27, '03 05:25:22PM

Not true for me in 10.2.8 ... unless I misunderstand what you mean, CMD-clicking the little button in the top-right corner of a Finder window doesn't do anything differently than merely clicking it.

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10.3: Hide the left sidebar without hiding the toolbar
Authored by: el bid on Oct 25, '03 07:03:10AM

Yup, but the "Left Sidebar" isn't just the old Finder Shelf moved elsewhere. It also combines the top level of the directory (mounted drives and so on). AIUI, you lose this too when you close the Sidebar, which is a bummer.

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10.3: Mounted drives in sidebar
Authored by: rogueimage on Oct 26, '03 04:34:42PM

For me, the sidebar doesn't display servers I've mounted from the new network browser, even though that option is checked in Finder preferences. These servers also no longer show up on the desktop. Is this a new "feature" or a bug? I really don't want to have to navigate through the network browser to get to a mounted server every time I want to access it, or eject it.



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10.3: Hide the left sidebar without hiding the toolbar
Authored by: benfsmith on Oct 25, '03 06:31:22PM

I can no longer put folders in the toolbar. Is this impossible in Panther? This is otherwise a huge waste of space if you want to keep the back, view, etc. buttons.



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10.3: Hide the left sidebar without hiding the toolbar
Authored by: shark on Oct 25, '03 06:52:10PM
Just go to Customize Toolbar and you can add and take away stuff. Also, you can drag any folder and app up to the topbar just like befor. But to remove it just open Customize Toolbar again. here is an example of how i configured mine: http://homepage.mac.com/sharkdrive/PantherFinderWindow.jpg

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10.3: Hide the left sidebar without hiding the toolbar
Authored by: jonn8n on Oct 25, '03 09:30:32PM

To remove an item, you can Control-Click it and from the contextual menu select "Remove Item". This saves a trip to the Customize Toolbar setup.

Jon



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10.3: Modifying the toolbar
Authored by: rogueimage on Oct 26, '03 04:30:28PM

You can also command-drag items in the toolbar to drag them around, and command-drag them out of the toolbar to (poof) remove them.



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10.3: Hide the left sidebar without hiding the toolbar
Authored by: CyborgSam on Oct 26, '03 03:20:16AM

The delay before the icons in the toolbar move has been increased. In any Finder window, just drag an icon to the toolbar and wait a couple of seconds until the stuff moves around, and then you can place it where you want. You may have to drag into an area with no icons, if you drag near a folder/disk it thinks you want to move/copy the item into it.



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10.3: Hide the left sidebar without hiding the toolbar
Authored by: bl8ant on Nov 04, '03 09:01:13PM

you can put folders in the toolbar. when you drag it up there simply hold command, and wait for one second. it'll go.



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10.3: Left Finder Toolbar- Icon only mode
Authored by: shark on Oct 25, '03 07:00:42PM

Dragg the small "dot" on the left tool bar to the left direction untill the text beside the icon is gone. Once its gone you can then roll your mouse over the icons and a small pop up bubble will appear with the name of that directory. This method will add a bit more desktop room.

Here is a screenshot:
http://homepage.mac.com/sharkdrive/leftbar_iconview.jpg

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10.3: Left Finder Toolbar- Icon only mode -- it's fast!
Authored by: terceiro on Oct 26, '03 11:24:51AM

Very, very cool! I like the _immediate_ popups, not some wait-a-second-while-I-think-about-it tooltips. I like it; I'm now using it!



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10.3: Left Finder Toolbar- Icon only mode
Authored by: shark on Oct 27, '03 08:40:17AM

Anyone think this should be a seperate hint? it sure is a space saver!

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Scale/Resize the Sidebar Icons
Authored by: metafeather on Oct 28, '03 10:58:38AM

To get the smallest possible side bar, shrink the width of the sidebar so that it only shows the Icon (by using the 'dot' as previously mentioned)

Then also resize the finder window vertically (using the bottom right triangle/handle) - at which point the Sidebar Icons will scale to keep all of them viewable.



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Another nice feature of the sidebar: Root windows!
Authored by: bonobo on Nov 04, '03 08:37:51PM

One thing which I haven't yet seen mentioned is that by dragging any folder into the side bar you can make it show as a "root" window -- in column view; i.e. there are no columns for the folder hierarchy above this folder. Very nice thing, this. Saves me a lot of horizontal scrolling.

Best, Tom



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