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Do you miss the Jaguar Favorites folder? I added my ~/Library/Favorites folder to my sidebar and found it still has nice heart icon. I use it to store my servers, and I also added the folder to dock so when the servers are connected, I can browse through them by right-clicking my MightyMouse.

[kirkmc adds: For some reason the Favorites folder still exists in Tiger, even though there is no GUI access to it. When Panther came out, and no longer used the Favorites folder, it also removed the keyboard shortcut that added aliases to it (Command-T, which now adds items to the Sidebar). However, my Favorites folder contains aliases created post-Tiger, so there must be some keyboard shortcut that I hit accidentally from time to time that sends aliases there. It is odd that this folder still displays, in the Sidebar, with a custom icon, but that is probably for backwards compatibility; when you upgraded to Panther, the Favorites folder appeared, by default, in the Sidebar.]
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Authored by: zpjet on May 02, '06 07:57:45AM

thanks, kirkmc, for finally considering this one as a hint! we had a short discussion with rogb over it a few months ago and it seems to me he didn't get the point. of course one could make a folder anywhere and make it favorites - but i just liked the touch of heart icon, plus user's library is such obvious place. only pity that the icon doesn't appear in the dock.



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Authored by: kirkmc on May 02, '06 09:05:02AM

Heh... Rob's on vacation so some things make hints that wouldn't have before... :-)

Seriously, I think it's hint-worthy; not everyone will agree, partly because they may not have used favorites pre-Panther. (I know I didn't.)

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Authored by: zpjet on May 04, '06 05:41:34AM

well that would be some vacation... i think it was about 26 October 2005 14:47:42 GMT+02:00 :D



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Authored by: aaronrp on May 02, '06 09:36:21AM

That's because the custom icon isn't a regular Finder icon. But you can always add a regular Finder custom icon and that will show up in the dock. I found a heart icon on xicons.com some time ago...



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Installers Still Add Favorites
Authored by: shmuel on May 02, '06 08:20:51AM

One place those mysterious favorites come from is installers. Despite the fact that this folder was depreciated by Apple third-party installers still place aliases to their applications and/or resource folders there.



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Authored by: JazzDude on May 02, '06 08:52:59AM

For the record, I might add that the "Connect to Server..." dialog (cmd-K in the Finder) is also able to store items in "Favorites" folder, namely when you click on the "+" button right next to the adress field. Servers entered here will get aliased in the Favorites folder.



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Authored by: JazzDude on May 02, '06 08:58:08AM

I have to correct myself here. "Favorite" servers do not get aliased but a location file pointing to the server is saved in that folder.



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Authored by: hargreae on May 02, '06 09:37:20AM

The keyboard shortcut in Panther and Tiger is Command-Shift-T



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Authored by: kirkmc on May 02, '06 11:49:04AM

Whaddya know... So that explains why I've got a bunch of aliases in my Favorites folder. I must have hit that key combo from time to time by accident.

Curious that this is undocumented - since the Favorites folder will show up in the sidebar when if you update from Jaguar to either Panther or Tiger, it assumes that you may want to use it.

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Authored by: DanFrakes on May 02, '06 12:59:51PM

It's kind-of documented ;-) If you click on the File menu in the Finder and press the Shift key, "Add to Sidebar" changes to "Add to Favorites."

I believe this has been the case since Panther.

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Authored by: kirkmc on May 02, '06 01:41:49PM

Ok, undocumented as in "Not in the Help". This said, Help finds an AppleCare document that says that Command-T adds items to favorites... Weird that they're so out of date...

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Authored by: osxrox on May 02, '06 11:24:46AM

Great tip, thanks. Further to this you can also drag the ~/Library/Favorites folder to the Toolbar of a Finder window and the lovely heart icon appears. Make sure you hover over the Toolbar for a few seconds for it to open up a space. I use this to put a TextEdit and Calculator icon in the Toolbar for quick access.

Thanks again.



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Go menu
Authored by: JohnnyMnemonic on May 02, '06 03:07:18PM

Great Hint! But I wish I could put a "Favorites" folder in the Go menu, like it used to be (with a hot key would be even better!) There are just some things that you wish you could get to consistently; but without the favorites folder, you have to either have that folder in your dock or sidebar, or navigate to it via the Finder. I guess I just use the Go folder more than anything else, especially the hotkeys that those items use.

Is there a way to hack that menu?



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Create Favorites sidebar item
Authored by: marksch on Jun 05, '09 09:13:09AM
Here's a link to a web page about restoring the Favorites folder (which used to be available in early version of Mac OS X). This brief article also shows how to use AppleScript to quickly create aliases in your Favorites folder. http://runrev.info/tips/macfavorites.html

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