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Move BBedit 9's Documents drawer to the left side Apps
I've been trying to move over from Smultron to BBEdit for most of my text editing needs, as Smultron isn't officially supported any longer. One thing that I found very annoying in BBEdit 9 is that the Documents drawer appears on the right, with no apparent way to move it to the left (in older versions, I believe there was a preference to change the side).

In the "read more" portion of this hint, you can read my original solution to this problem, left in place for posterity's sake. However, commenter bhas points out a much simpler solution in the comments to this hint: just Command-click on the Drawer icon, and the drawer will flip from one side of the window to the other, and stay on that side for subsequent launches.

This also works in TextWrangler.

Original solution:

After Tweeting about this annoyance, I found the solution courtesy of a Tweet from @methodphoto; he pointed me to this message in the BBEdit Talk archives, which discusses the MultiDocumentWindows:PreferredEdge preferences value.

With that knowledge, it became relatively simple to figure out how to put the drawer back on the left side of the window. Quit BBEdit, then run this command in Terminal:
defaults write com.barebones.bbedit MultiDocumentWindows:PreferredEdge -string Left
Relaunch BBEdit, and the Documents drawer will open on the left. I'm not sure why I prefer it there; probably because I often resize my editing window, and with the drawer on the left, the list of open files isn't moving around all the time. If you decide you prefer it on the right, quit BBEdit, and delete the pref you just added:
defaults delete com.barebones.bbedit MultiDocumentWindows:PreferredEdge
On next run, the Documents drawer will open on the right-hand side of the window.
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Move BBedit 9's Documents drawer to the left side
Authored by: jcheshire on Nov 18, '09 08:25:00AM

Smultron's no longer supported?? *sigh* Time to give BBEdit a whirl, I suppose.



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Move BBedit 9's Documents drawer to the left side
Authored by: leamanc on Nov 18, '09 06:06:25PM

I know "to each his own" and all that, but I fail to see how Smultron was ever better than BBEdit. Maybe because it's I've used BBEdit for 12+ years, and it's my favorite app ever, but I just don't see it.

I've tried out all the Mac text editors, and I always come back to BBEdit. TextMate is the next best thing I've found, but it's just not as versatile or powerful as BBEdit.

I'm open to anyone who's willing to explain what made Smultron so great.



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Move BBedit 9's Documents drawer to the left side
Authored by: jcheshire on Nov 19, '09 05:25:36AM

I'm a recent Mac user (<2 years) and the decision came down to one single feature: price. Smultron was free and BBEdit is $125. I never gave BBEdit the time of day, frankly.



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Move BBedit 9's Documents drawer to the left side
Authored by: bhas on Nov 18, '09 08:31:22AM
I vaguely remember a post by a Barebones support guru explaining how to get what you want with a simple click. I just tried discovered again how to achieve what you want in TextWrangler. I expect this to work in BBEdit. In stead of just clicking on the drawer icon in the top right window corner, do a Command+mouse-click on the drawer icon when the drawer is showing and you will see something to your liking. And it sticks.:-)

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Move BBedit 9's Documents drawer to the left side
Authored by: robg on Nov 18, '09 09:25:57AM

That works, thanks. And yet, it's just one more reason why I much prefer Smultron. Hiding functionality like this behind an undocumented Command-click is just silly. They already have a contextual menu on a gear icon on the drawer itself; why not just include a "Toggle Side" option there?

I'll edit the hint to reflect your much-simpler solution.

-rob.



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Move BBedit 9's Documents drawer to the left side
Authored by: bhas on Nov 18, '09 11:07:23AM

I agree that something like this really shouldn't be hidden.
I found the defaults command line trick documented on the TextWrangler list here (officially condoned by barebones support)

http://groups.google.com/group/textwrangler/browse_thread/thread/f657d994575f62ff?hl=en

and the command click method is here

http://groups.google.com/group/bbedit/browse_thread/thread/adf93696a66545d/4fc73d4e70e7438d?lnk=gst&q=document+drawer+left#4fc73d4e70e7438d

Keep these two lines together.

I found these by googling just now.
AFAICR, I was playing with a trial version of BBEdit and didn't like the drawer on the right and found these suggestions.



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Move BBedit 9's Documents drawer to the left side
Authored by: Stormchild on Nov 18, '09 10:37:11AM

Came here to post the same command+click tip. I'm sure I read about it somewhere -- maybe in the release notes for whatever update added that feature.



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Move BBedit 9's Documents drawer to the left side
Authored by: muppetdog on Nov 18, '09 12:25:58PM

With BBEdit 9.3, many more preferences were removed from BBEdit's Preferences panel. However the preferences are still there; you have to use Terminal to change them. It's documented in the Help file under the "Expert Preferences" chapter.

Personally I would rather have them in the prefs panel.



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Move BBedit 9's Documents drawer to the left side
Authored by: renaultssoftware on Nov 21, '09 09:59:37AM

I think that if you have Interface Builder from Xcode, you could go find the drawer and change its preferred side in the Inspector. (I'm used to 10.4 though; I don't know if it works under what you have.)

That might be extensive though.



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