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Mt. Lion Finder sidebar Favorites disappear

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thearborist Calculating status...
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Oct 15, 2012 9:42 AM

Several times recently the Finder sidebar Favorites have disappeared.  The Finder Prefs show the system files as unchecked, and all items I added are gone.  This requires resetting the prefs and adding about 8 folders back to the sidebar.  Obviously this is a frustrating inconvenience.

 

My guess is a preferences file corruption problem.  How do I fix this?

iMac 27, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • svensb Calculating status...
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    Nov 22, 2012 3:05 AM (in response to thearborist)

    I'm having the same problem, running 10.8.2 on a 2008 Mac Pro. Alle shortcuts dissapear after a restart. I'm susspecting the 10.8.1 upgrade because I'm having this isue since I've update. However the 10.8.2 update dind't seem to make a difference.

     

    There is a trick that works for me sometimes. When I open sidebar preferences (cmd + ,) en check one of the unchecked boxes, the finder crashes, I'll have to relaunch it. When it does, the favorites reappear. This trick sometimes works for me, but more often it doesn't.

  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 3:08 AM (in response to thearborist)

    thearborist wrote:

     

    This requires resetting the prefs ...

     

    How did you do this, "resetting the prefs"?

  • drdocument Level 4 Level 4 (2,995 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 8:52 AM (in response to thearborist)

    Try this:

    In Finder from the Go menu choose Go to Folder and enter "~/Library/Preferences" (without the quotes).

    Then delete the file "com.apple.finder.plist".

     

    You may need to then re-set some of your Finder prefs.

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Nov 22, 2012 9:02 AM (in response to thearborist)

    Good advice from drdocument on the prefs. If that doesn't completely fix it try this...

     

     

    1. Drag all icons off bottom of your Finder sidebar.

    2. In Finder >> Preferences >> Sidebar UNcheck all options.

    3. Go to your Finder "Go" menu hold the option key and choose Library. Then go to Preferences folder and trash these files:

    com.apple.finder.plist

    com.apple.sidebarlists.plist


    Then log out and back in again. Or restart.

    (You will have to reset a few finder prefs the way you like them.)

  • earth2phil Calculating status...
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    Feb 17, 2013 10:52 PM (in response to macjack)

    Macjack's solution  solved my issue, and restored the lost file structure on my favorites sidebar. Thanks!

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