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10.5: Use a spring-loaded Path Bar in Smart folders Desktop
One advantage of the Path Bar in the Finder is that it supports drag and drop. This is great for moving files up a folder level, or to other folders within the selected file's current path. To move a file to a folder outside of the current path, however, is more tedious -- that's because the Path Bar in regular Finder windows is not "spring loaded," so hovering over it won't pop up a new window pointing to the targeted folder.

The exception to this is Smart Folders. For whatever reason, the Path Bar in a Smart Folder is spring loaded; you can open new Finder windows by drag-hovering over a folder on the Path Bar.
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Authored by: macfreek57 on Mar 03, '08 09:41:25AM

That's probably because the NSView (the main, file-viewing window contents -- hemmed in by the toolbar at the top, the sidebar on the left and the status/info bar from the bottom) in a search box or smart folder is Cocoa as opposed to Carbon for normal Finder windows. They are supposed to behave the same for the most part, but there are a few minor differences that I've seen pointed out in the past but can't quite recall at the moment.

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10.5: Use a spring-loaded Path Bar in Smart folders
Authored by: dandj on Mar 03, '08 01:22:49PM

I hadn't notice the path bar being spring loaded only in with search results windows.

In regular folders, with spring loaded folders selected, you can hover over items in the sidebar and navigate to your target folder that way. Or without spring loaded folders set, use the spacebar to open them while hovering.

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