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10. Sidebar Items Can’t Be Renamed

For the most part, I’m a fan of the Sidebar, the leftmost column in Finder windows since Mac OS X 10.3. The Sidebar addresses a common complaint users had about previous versions of the Finder: Moving and copying items on a volume often required opening multiple windows, and it was easy to get lost; or the desired destination might snap closed unexpectedly if you moved the cursor to the wrong place. The Sidebar solves this problem by keeping commonly used items easily accessible (see Figure 6).

Figure 6

Figure 6 Items in the Sidebar behave like aliases, except you can’t rename them directly.

To add an item to the Sidebar, all you need to do is drag and drop it into its desired position in the Sidebar. Once installed in the Sidebar, the item functions a bit like an alias, or pointer to the original. If it’s an application, it launches when clicked. If it’s a folder, it reveals its contents to the right. All that is very intuitive, but what if you want to rename an item in the Sidebar? Everywhere else in the Finder, if you see an item you want to rename, you just click its name and start editing. But that doesn’t work in the Sidebar. Mac OS X forces you to open the Info window or locate the original to edit.

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