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10.6: Horizontal scrolling in column view has returned Desktop
In OS 10.0-10.2, there was no sidebar in Finder windows and commonly-used locations were chosen by clicking on an icon in the toolbar. When Apple added the sidebar in 10.3, they changed the functionality of both the sidebar and the toolbar so that it 'roots' you to whatever location you picked while in column view, i.e. removes the horizontal scroll bar so that you can't access lower-level directories.

There were only two ways around this: double-clicking command-up arrow, or using this hint. In Snow Leopard, the functionality of column view has changed again. Now, when you have the sidebar visible, it still roots you to that spot. However, if you have the sidebar disabled (View » Hide Sidebar), clicking on an icon in the toolbar still gives you access to the entire file hierarchy with a horizontal scroll bar!

It's great; Apple finally let us reclaim all that unused space in the toolbar and gave us the ability to get rid of the sidebar by default (which is not an efficient use of space). It's a little buggy though, in that if you are previously rooted, you stay that way until you click on a lower level directory.

Incidentally, I'm typing this on the 13" MacBook Air, having previously had a 15" MacBook Pro and let me tell you, having the extra screen real estate without that sidebar there is great.
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10.6: Horizontal scrolling in column view has returned
Authored by: Stormchild on Sep 15, '09 10:08:59PM

This hint makes no sense at all. No idea what you're talking about.



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10.6: Horizontal scrolling in column view has returned
Authored by: (kendall) on Sep 16, '09 12:35:35AM

This is very cool. But only because I was ignorant:
I did not know that you could drag any icon to the toolbar, I thought that was only a sidebar feature. Once you drag your favorites to the toolbar the sidebar becomes superfluous. And yes, your horizontal scroll bar story makes sense then. Always neat to learn something new.



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10.6: Horizontal scrolling in column view has returned
Authored by: cliveports on Sep 16, '09 12:48:04AM

"clicking on an icon in the toolbar" what icon? I get no horizontal bar when I hide the sidebar?



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10.6: Horizontal scrolling in column view has returned
Authored by: astack on Sep 21, '09 07:16:55AM
Drag an icon from the finder window to the toolbar. You have to hold it over the toolbar for a second or two for it to allow you to place it in the toolbar.

Incidentally, wow, from the bewildered comments, I can see a lot of the users of this site haven't been using OS X as long as I have! I've been missing those horizontal scroll bars since 10.2 and with each and every new release of OS X, I'd go up to a demo machine in my local apple dealer and make sure the hint linked to above still worked before I bought the OS.

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Toolbar icons always did this
Authored by: MJCube on Sep 16, '09 11:51:51AM
This technique is not new to Snow Leopard. Icons in the Finder toolbar never ‘rooted' the way sidebar icons do. I just rechecked this in Leopard 10.5.8 and Tiger 10.4.11. The only change is that now Snow Leopard provides a way to hide the sidebar separately from the toolbar.

The "buggy" behavior mentioned in the hint is correct, but this happens only when the folder exists in both places, and you click the sidebar first and then the toolbar.

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Toolbar icons always did this
Authored by: astack on Sep 21, '09 07:20:39AM

This hint works just as I stated. For some reason the OS considers special folders like Documents or your home or Library as treated differently. My guess when you were trying this, you were using a plain vanilla folder and not one consider as special by the OS.



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