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Fix multiple ghost aliases in the Finder's sidebar Desktop
For some strange reason, my Finder sidebar started to add aliases by itself. Sometimes it would duplicate multiple copies of aliases a few times, but these duplicates were actually just ghost aliases, but it still slowed down the Finder.

Finally, I trashed the file com.apple.sidebarlists.plist, and that solved the problem. Here's the path to the file:
~/Users/Home/Library/Preferences/com.apple.sidebarlists.plist
[robg adds: This is probably a somewhat isolated incident (I've never seen such issues on my Macs), but for those who are having similar sidebar issues, knowing the name of the file to remove will save a bit of time.]
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Save As...?
Authored by: jeporter on Jul 26, '06 07:51:45AM

Will this also clear multiple sidebar entries in the "Save As" dialog? Some (but not all) of the time I get 4 sidebar entrie for Desktop and it's been driving me crazy!

Jp



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Save As...?
Authored by: badger brigade on Jul 26, '06 10:16:14AM

I get that too. I thought it was something to do with FileVault, as it started when I tried to make the Desktop an alias to a folder outisde my home folder.



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Save As...?
Authored by: elegraphy on Jul 26, '06 02:09:53PM
That's exactly the problem I was encountered! Since a while ago, my "Save as" sidebar started to create Finder's alias until it was more than 30 icons at the time! I don't know what caused this problem, but I tried many ways to isolate the problem - run cache clearing, system check...but nothing works. Finally I look through my user's Library preference folder, find out that there's a preference file called com.apple.sidebarlists.plist and isolate the problem.

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Fix multiple ghost aliases in the Finder's sidebar
Authored by: gizmo on Jul 26, '06 08:18:32AM

This might just be a problem of using a key combination in a wrong program. Most people know that CMD + T will create a new tab in browsers like Safari and Firefox, but in Finder that key combination will create an alias in the sidebar of what ever object you have selected.



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Fix multiple ghost aliases in the Finder's sidebar
Authored by: badger brigade on Jul 26, '06 10:22:50AM

~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.sidebarlists.plist surely?



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Fix multiple ghost aliases in the Finder's sidebar
Authored by: elegraphy on Jul 26, '06 02:58:14PM

Please locate the com.apple.sidebarlists.plist preference file under

Macintosh HD/User/YourHome/Library/Preference/ folder.

It is not located in your Macintosh HD/Library/Preference/ folder.



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Fix multiple ghost aliases in the Finder's sidebar
Authored by: badger brigade on Jul 27, '06 11:00:30AM

Yes: ~ is a shortcut for /Users/YourHome



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Fix multiple ghost aliases in the Finder's sidebar
Authored by: matze1024 on Jul 26, '06 04:45:11PM

this is odd behaviour i recognize for month.
I also deleted com.apple.sidebar.plist (which works for a short time) for several times.
I´m shure that i never use T shortcut.

Also if i use finder Preferences from the menu i end up with 3 or more desktop icons in the sidebar.
Sometimes i have triple versions of all icons in the lower part of the sidebar.

I have no idea to permanently fix this.



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