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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar Desktop
If you have Panther, you know to drag and drop folders into the sidebar. What I never liked was the real estate that the sidebar took up. Also, I have two folders that I have applied custom icons to, but they don't show up in the Finder windows. I noticed that there is a stopping point on the divider -- it stops right at the outside of the icon. Now the problem is that I don't know what each of the folders are. I have custom icons for everything else, but what if I want to put 10 folders in there?

Apple thinks of everything, eventually. If you move the divider to the edge of the icon, after you roll over the icon, the name shows up immediately (to the right), as seen in this brief movie. After you have sized the sidebar down, it remembers to stay with the icon size when you resize the window.

Anyway, I thought that was a really cool thing for Apple to think of.
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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: Cantus on Dec 27, '03 06:14:00PM

Hmm, did Rob make that movie? If he did, and he was not the author of the hint, he should have made more clear that this was HIS own movie, by using brackets as he normally does.

i.e. [rob adds: As seen in this movie(link)]

I know this is his site and he is entitled to do whatever he wishes with user submissions (even making a profit), but he should make more clear WHEN he is adding something that is HIS to another user's hint, for the sake of clarity and to avoid confusion.

Ahem!



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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: aranor on Dec 27, '03 06:21:57PM

I doubt rob made the movie, seeing as it's linked in the body of the main article. I suspect the submitter didn't have anywhere to host the movie and simply emailed it to rob.



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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: Cantus on Dec 27, '03 07:44:15PM
Pay close attention to the movie itself. When the user hovers the mouse over the home icon, you see the magic word 'robg' displayed.

Undisputed evidence this was in fact the handiwork of no other than the man.

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Time to relax a bit
Authored by: Lizard_King on Dec 28, '03 11:07:36AM

Whoa... easy there cowboy. Holster the flamethrower. The movie supplements the hint well and adds clarity, regardless of its origin.

As a long time 'Hints consumer, one of the things that has impressed me about this community is the focus on the OS X and the lack of supplementary commentary. Let's try to keep it that way.



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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: xerobase on Dec 28, '03 01:01:42PM

Dude, chill. That comment helps no one.



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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: aboswell on Dec 28, '03 02:36:12AM

Hello. I didn't make the movie. I sent an animated gif that was probably too big. I like his movie better, though.



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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: AKS9 on Dec 28, '03 07:14:16AM

I have custom icons in all the folders in my sidebar, you just need to re-launch the Finder to see them.



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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: Starfighter on Dec 28, '03 09:51:26AM

This is indeed wonderful information! The only downside I can find to this is that my LaCie external HD icon no longer shows the "eject" button when it is an icon-only sidebar. I like the eject button here for convenience. Still, more screen real estate is a plus! Thanks for the tip!



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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: joshforman on Dec 28, '03 11:46:04AM

Why not just widen the bar a bit, so you have the first few letters of the name, and the eject button? It's not quite as pretty, but... :)

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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: b3uk on Dec 28, '03 01:10:55PM

Does anyone know (when it is expanded) how to prevent the sidebar from resizing when, for example, you mount volumes with particularly long names? Its really bugging me!

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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: BradW on Dec 28, '03 08:09:27PM

I also missed having an eject button (for both external drives and mounted disk images), so I control-clicked the top of a Finder window, chose Customize Toolbar, and added an eject button (along with a whole bunch of other stuff, truth be told) to the top of the window.

BradW



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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: Fofer on Dec 31, '03 03:19:20AM

Yeah, I just tested it and custom icons show properly for me as well. The original poster seems pretty high on "Apple thinking of everything, eventually" though... so perhaps they'll think of making custom icons work in the sidebar, for everyone, eventually. ;-)



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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: Whosawhatsis on Dec 28, '03 01:44:40PM

I've been using this since the beginning and I love it. The one thing that I don't like is that I can't find a way to make all windows open this way. Individual windows will (usually) remember the setting, so that the next time I open the folder it will be that way, but disks, disk images and folders that are new or that I haven't opened since I installed panther open with the sidebar stretched to the size of the longest name on the list. When I have inserted a disk with a long name (think 'Unreal Tournament') this is particularly annoying. Anyone know how to fix this?

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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: elfon on Dec 28, '03 10:52:33PM

Great hint. I love little pearls like this.



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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: aboswell on Dec 29, '03 12:31:45PM

As far as i can tell, there is no way to make sure all windows size this way. I have found that I use only two or three windows, and if I make sure all my finder(desktop) windows are like this, I don't have a problem. I just size windows as they pop up and usually don't have the problem after. YMMV.



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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: spfolly on Jan 02, '04 09:40:18AM

What would be nice as well is if the tool tips appeared when the name was truncated because the column is too narrow.

For example, if the disk name is 'Macinto...' the tool tip could appear as 'Macintosh HD'

Come to think of it, this should apply generally to all text everywhere!



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10.3: Conserve screen space with an icon-only sidebar
Authored by: sonofthesonofman on Feb 04, '04 11:52:42AM
"...Also, I have two folders that I have applied custom icons to, but they don't show up in the Finder windows."
The Finder will eventually display the custom icon (perhaps after next login, or restart). If you can't wait, there is a new utility called "Nudge" that installs a contextual menu, so you just right-click on that folder and choose "Nudge" and it will tell the Finder to notice the custom icon.

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