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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar System 10.7
While it's possible to move a folder or drive to Favorites in the Finder Sidebar there's no obvious way to put your Computer in the Favorites section.

I like to have my Computer at the top of the Sidebar. Here's how using Terminal and TextEdit.

Convert ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.sidebarlists.plist to XML and open it:

plutil -convert xml1 ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.sidebarlists.plist
open -a TextEdit ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.sidebarlists.plist

Find Computer. It should look something like this:

<string>Computer</string>
<key>SpecialID</string>
<integer>8399481092</integer>
<key>Visibility</string>
<string>NeverVisible</string>
Change

<string>NeverVisible</string> to:

<string>AlwaysVisible</string>.

Then quit TextEdit (it auto-saves the file now) and relaunch the Finder:

killall Finder

You should notice your Computer's name in the Favorites section of the sidebar.

Finally hold command and drag your Computer name to the top of the Favorites list.

[crarko adds: As usual, be sure you have a backup before making these changes. TextEdit will let you save the old version prior to editing.]
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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: rgreen on Sep 19, '11 08:47:26AM

Hi, I've tried this a couple of times and Finder doesn't seem to pickup the changes for me, could there be a cache or a lockfile somewhere that needs editing/removing?

I've also got a pesky device on my network that keeps intermittently appearing via Bonjour in the "Shared" section of the Finder sidebar, is there any way to apply the Visibility property to Bonjour devices?



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: agentx on Sep 19, '11 09:54:58AM

Me thinks Apple wanted the Finder to be like Windows 7/Vista ;-) for all those switchers.
This is all a bit of a PITA as i want devices and network drives at the top in Lion.



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 19, '11 10:22:23AM

Shouldn't this be a "defaults write" one-liner? There's also Property List Editor, plus a bunch of third party tools to help with this kind of thing. Converting the plist file from binary XML to text, making a change, then saving it, sounds like a last resort.



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: Krux on Sep 19, '11 01:48:43PM

Do you´ve test defaults already? If you execute "defaults read com.apple.sidebarlists" you could see a lot of nested options. And the "SpecialID" seems to be a generated number. You could do a sed version from "defaults read" to "defaults write" as a plist - do you want to do this?!



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: JonLaliberte on Sep 19, '11 11:16:14AM

This doesn't seem to be working (at least not for me on 10.7.1). After making the change and restarting the Finder the plist value seems to be restored to the previous "NeverVisible".



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Sep 19, '11 05:47:39PM
Finally hold command and drag your Computer name to the top of the Favorites list.
This doesn't work for me. I get a circle with a line through it and cannot reposition the item. I'd love to have devices on top.
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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: emendelson on Sep 20, '11 06:29:01AM

The circle/line (the "No" icon) goes away when you actually move the item into position. Try it again.



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Sep 20, '11 06:52:39AM

It does with every other item I have placed in my sidebar, but it won't let me move the computer to the top.

I have 20 items I have added to my sidebar, and I'm able to rearrange every one of those. But I can't drag anything from the "Devices" area to the top. No matter where I try and place it, it continues to have the circle with the slash, and won't move.

(on an unrelated note, I'm not sure why I'm getting the "new user" notice when posting this... been a user here for like 10 years! Guess I haven't posted in a while)

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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: preferences on Sep 19, '11 06:10:05PM

It took a second as in giving me the "no smoking sign" but then it was up! 10.7.2 dev build

THANKS!!



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: nathanator11 on Sep 19, '11 07:30:45PM
You can easily add your computer using Finder's GUI preferences. Go to Finder-> Preferences...-> Sidebar. Check the box with your computer's name (near the bottom). Click for screenshot.

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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: derekJAB on Sep 20, '11 05:14:55AM

The point of the hint is to move it out of "Devices" into "Favorites", not simply into the sidebar.



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: mapmaker on Sep 20, '11 04:23:06AM

There is actually a MUCH easier way. In the Finder window, under DEVICES, select your computer. The items shown will include your hard drive. Simply select it and drag it to the FOVORITES. Then use the CMD procedure to position it where you want it. There is no need to restart the Finder.



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: Fofer on Sep 21, '11 12:39:05AM

Thanks for this. Also, there is no need for a "CMD procedure," I am able to drag/reposition the hard drive icon without holding the CMD key.



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: HappyJoe on Sep 20, '11 05:02:41AM

Ok, now can we find a way to move 'Devices' category to the top of the Sidebar, maybe?

Looks better that way (he harrumphed).



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: Iona64 on Sep 20, '11 06:04:23AM

Did not work on 10.7.1

When I do a search in either TextEdit or PList Editor, there are 2 sections with the heading "Computer"

I changed the first and nothing happened. I then changed the second and again nothing happened. I went back into the file using Plist and found that the first shows "Never Visable" and the Second shows "Always Visable"

Which one needs to be changed or do both of them have to be changed?

Fortunately, I did follow your advise and made a backup.....



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: emendelson on Sep 20, '11 06:27:19AM

Please look at Nathanator and Mapmaker's comments. There is absolutely NO need to edit the plist or any other file. To repeat, here are the steps that put your computer at the top of the list.

1. Finder/Preferences/Sidebar: add a checkmark next to the first item listed under Devices, which will be your computer. Close the Preferences.

2. In a Finder window, look at the list of Devices; the first one is your computer.

3. Cmd-Drag that item anywhere in your Favorites.

While you're there, Cmd-Drag other items in your Favorites into the order your prefer.

Again, you do NOT need to edit a plist file. Moderator - could you possibly replace this potentially dangerous hint with a hint titled "Cmd-Drag items in the Finder Sidebar"??



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: crarko on Sep 20, '11 06:50:47AM

I tried out this method; what I saw is that I could move drives from Devices to Favorites (as mentioned in the hint) but it would not allow movement of the Computer device icon, which seems weird.

For most people, moving the drive icons probably suffices, but that's not the point of the hint.

Craig A.



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: emendelson on Sep 20, '11 07:12:48AM

Ah - I see the point. You're absolutely right. I was testing this on a machine with only partition. It's more obvious on a machine with two or more partitions, where you might want the computer icon in favorites, but not the drive icons.

Apologies for wasting bandwidth!



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: Iona64 on Sep 20, '11 07:13:57AM

Tried it before and just again. Your drag via CMD does not work for me. I get the same "cannot move circle with line through it whether I hold the CMD key or not.



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: Demlotcrew on Sep 21, '11 02:09:25AM

Can someone please work out how to move Devices to the top!

Thanks



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: Ronald Lanham on Sep 22, '11 09:53:02AM

I am an Appleseeder and on the forums lots of us have reported to Apple that we wanted this changed so we could safely __completely__ disable Resume.

We had been doing this for months before Lion was released to the public.

Pathetic that Apple even treats its seeders like children and that 'father-knows-best.'

That is just one of the reasons I have still not moved to Lion.



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10.7: Move Computer to top of the Finder Sidebar
Authored by: budsimrin on Sep 23, '11 10:07:24AM

I, too, really prefer to have the entire device list on top. But … my current work-around is to click the word HIDE which is to the right of the word FAVORITES (but INVISIBLE until you mouse over it). This immediately, if temporarily, brings all my devices into view even if the window has small height. I mention this in case the invisible toggle isn't well-known.



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