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by Tom Nelson

The Finder sidebar has undergone quite a few changes since OS X Snow Leopard. While we hope that the Finder sidebar will receive some badly needed refinements in the near future, there’s no reason to wait to gain back some of the productive tools that where lost with the release of OS X Lion and subsequent updates.

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Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

Lion’s sidebar eliminates the entire Search For group. This was a handy area in the sidebar that let you quickly find documents and applications you worked on or used today, yesterday, or during the past week. It also listed all of the images, movies, and documents stored on your Mac.

Apple attempted to replace the sidebar’s Search For section with a single entry in the Favorites section called All My Files. All My Files displays images, PDFs, music, movies, documents, and more, all in a single Finder view that is split up by the various categories. Apple wants us to use the All My Files entry so much that it made All My Files the default view when you open a new Finder window. From what I have seen and heard, changing the default view seems to be one of the first changes most Mac users are making to the Finder, because they prefer the Finder to open on their desktop, home directory, or documents folder.

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