- Mar 24, 2006
- Small Open/Save Dialog Boxes
- Can't Disable Individual Login Items
- Desktop Doesn't Do Nested Folders
- Disappearing Sidebar
- No Auto-Fit Option for Finder Columns
- Finder Treats FTP Volumes as Read-Only
- Fax Modem Hidden in Odd PDF Button
- Missing Servers Stall Startup
- Finder Views Don't Update Immediately
- Nagging Dialog Boxes
3. Desktop Doesn’t Do Nested Folders
One of the hallmarks of good user interface design is consistency. Even if a feature is not necessarily intuitive, it’s easier to understand if it works the same way everywhere it’s encountered. Unfortunately, Mac OS X isn’t as consistent as one might expect. For example, if you select a folder as the source for images in Desktop & Screen Saver preferences, it might work in one tab, but not in another.
In the Screen Saver tab, if you choose a folder, Mac OS X looks for images within that folder—and even digs into nested folders to find image files it can display as a slideshow. However, if the same folder is chosen in the Desktop tab, no images residing in nested folders are found (see Figure 3).
Figure 3 Feel free to use images in nested folders for your screen saver (left), but not your desktop (right).
Because I like to keep my images in many different subfolders grouped by subject, year, location, and so on, I find Desktop’s inability to look into nested folders extremely limiting. Ideally, users should be able to select either an individual folder, or a folder and all nested items. This could be cleanly fixed by adding a Look In Nested Folders checkbox in the dialog box that appears when you click Choose Folder.