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Toolbar Dragpoints Desktop
I know that the elements of this hint are already known to this site but I think it could use some further elaboration.

I call these 'toolbar dragpoints.' They are usually folders or applications placed in the toolbar so that anything dragged onto them will be acted upon as expected. It is especially useful for temporarily placing a folder to which files from many places can be dragged and therefore moved or copied (when dragged with Option key pressed). I also like to open many files with TextEdit and so I keep a TextEdit dragpoint (icon) on the toolbar. It beats using 'Open With' from the contextual menu or chasing TextEdit around in the dock.

These can also function as 'clickpoints' to open a file or start an application.

Just drag a folder or application to the toolbar and it will sit there as a dragpoint/clickpoint in every Finder window. To remove a dragpoint just drag it off the toolbar holding down the Command key (press the key and then drag) and then releasing (just as items are removed from the dock).

Here's an example scenario: You need to collect a bunch of files from all over into a folder. So, just make a folder, drag it to the toolbar, navigate to and drag all needed files (use Option+drag for copying) to the toolbar folder. When done, remove the toolbar folder if you wish.

A toolbar folder could be used like an inbox on your desk where you keep all your to-do items.

Note: I keep all my folders and programs in piles (stacks) on the right side of the dock. This puts all active applications at the left end of the dock and keeps the dock clean. Thus, the toolbar enhancement is a clean/quick/convenient way to perform frequent actions.

[crarko adds: The basic ideas here are well-known, but I think there are some good suggestions here about making greater use of the feature.]
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Toolbar Dragpoints
Authored by: adrianm on Apr 12, '11 07:39:51AM

This is how we did things in the old NeXT days. I miss the proper shelf of old.

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Toolbar Dragpoints
Authored by: karog on Apr 12, '11 08:24:13AM

You can also do the same thing in the Places section on the left hand side of a Finder window.

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Toolbar Dragpoints
Authored by: astack on Apr 12, '11 08:28:20AM

What I do is put my applications folder in the Dock so that I have access to all the applications I have installed, but don't want to clutter up the dock with too many icons. It works pretty well. I like the idea of using a short-term storage folder there as well. I already use my desktop for that purpose, but having it on the Dock might be useful when the desktop is covered by windows (and sometimes you just don't want to remove all windows using exposť).

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Finder Toolbar Dragpoints (AKA drop targets)
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 12, '11 04:01:16PM

I'm glad you mentioned creating a temp folder, and putting it in Finder's toolbar, just to ease gathering files into it. Good idea!

I have a long row of icons I add to my Finder each time I set up a new Mac. My Mac doesn't feel completely set up until I've tricked out my Finder toolbar with:

Preview, Quicktime Pro, TextEdit, TextWrangler, Pic2Icon, a bulk file renamer, Photoshop, Illustrator, and then a bunch of Applescript-apps*:

Make New Text Here
Add Comment To All Selected Files
Gather Selected Files To Folder... (I might not need that one any longer)
Gather All Windows (to primary monitor)
Touch (updates date/time stamp of file)
Invisibility Toggler (restarts Finder with .hidden .dotfiles revealed)

I add and remove others often, during a job, but these are like a default set for me. Most of them I learned about here.

Another name for them might be "drop targets" or "toolbar icons" (in case others are searching for tips like this).

*Some of these are Automator apps, but you get the idea. Customizable.

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Toolbar Dragpoints
Authored by: dandj on Apr 12, '11 04:50:51PM

Useful tip.

When collecting files to add to a Finder toolbar item, use Option-Command-Drag to create an alias of the original file/folder. This is particularly useful for viewing photos buried inside iPhoto libraries without disrupting the iPhoto file structure. Select the "Master" folder from the iPhoto library, not Thumbnails or Previews.

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Toolbar Dragpoints
Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 13, '11 11:58:50AM

Useful, I know, but really, Finder toolbar as a new tip? And calling it "Toolbar dragpoints" without mentioning the Finder is just confusing. I thought he was talking about detaching a toolbar from an arbitrary application. Now *that* would be useful and a tip worth mentioning.

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Toolbar Dragpoints
Authored by: everkleer80 on Apr 14, '11 09:08:34AM

That's a pretty cool tip about using icons in the Finder Toolbar as an alternative to using Open With... Not sure why I never thought of that!

Although I agree that "Toolbar Dragpoints" is a confusing name for the hint... the name makes some amount of sence once you know what it means, but no one besides the OP would know what it means before reading the hint. Maybe this should be retitled to "Add icons to Finder toolbar."

As far as file collection, I use an App called XShelf that I found in a comment to an old hint on here. It's pretty neat... It puts a small auto-hiding window or 'shelf' on the side of your screen and you can drag files over to it for collection, then just navigate to the destination location and drag them out, at which point they are moved (or copied) from their original location.

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Toolbar Dragpoints
Authored by: asmeurer on Jun 24, '11 09:47:06PM

A handy thing to drag into the toolbar is the TimeMachine application. Then, when you need to restore something, just open the folder where it used to be and click the TimeMachine icon. This saves time from navigating to the folder if as you would have to do if you opened TimeMachine from the applications folder (it's also easier than finding it in the Dock).

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