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Can't add "Movies" folder to the Finder Sidebar

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calgaryeng Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 9, 2013 9:42 AM

Hi there,

 

I have Mountain Lion on my Macbook Air.  For some strange reason I can't move the "Movies" folder into my Sidebar.  I've tried deleting the com.apple.finder.plist file and rebooting.

 

See the video here:

http://youtu.be/SoWV5Jyf9Wk

As it is far easier to show than describe.

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 9:47 AM (in response to calgaryeng)

    Try selecting the folder and press command-T, does it work that way?

  • the0pticnerve Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 10:28 AM (in response to calgaryeng)

    If you go to Finder > Preferences and click Sidebar on top is "Movies" in the list?Screen Shot 2013-02-09 at 1.27.18 PM.png

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,650 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 1:07 PM (in response to calgaryeng)

    Triple-click the line below to select it:

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.sidebarlists.plist

    Right-click or control-click the highlighted line and select
       
    Services Show Info
      
    from the contextual menu. An Info dialog should open.
      
    Does the dialog show "You can read and write" in the Sharing & Permissions section?
    In the General section, is the box labeled Locked checked?
    What is the Modified date?

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,850 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 1:53 PM (in response to calgaryeng)

    Have you tried dragging the folder from your user folder to the sidebar?

  • SanfordD Calculating status...
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    Feb 9, 2013 2:08 PM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Link - if you are interested, I have an intriguing set of issues for someone with your skill: https://discussions.apple.com/message/21175427#21175427

     

    Been on this for over three weeks.  No such luck.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,650 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 2:12 PM (in response to calgaryeng)

    Move the file to the Desktop and relaunch the Finder. If there's no change, put the file back where it was and relaunch again. I take it you don't need detailed instructions on how to do these things. Post your results.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,650 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 2:41 PM (in response to calgaryeng)

    Launch the Console application.

     

    Make sure the title of the Console window is All Messages. If it isn't, select All Messages from the SYSTEM LOG QUERIES menu on the left.

     

    Click the Clear Display icon in the toolbar. Then try the action that you're having trouble with again. Select any messages that appear in the Console window. Copy them to the Clipboard (command-C). Paste into a reply to this message (command-V).

    When posting a log extract, be selective. In most cases, a few dozen lines are more than enough.

    Please do not indiscriminately dump thousands of lines from the log into this discussion.

    Important: Some private information, such as your name, may appear in the log. Anonymize before posting.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,650 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 3:27 PM (in response to calgaryeng)

    Please read this whole message before doing anything.

     

    This procedure is a test, not a solution. Don’t be disappointed when you find that nothing has changed after you complete it.

     

    Step 1

     

    The purpose of this step is to determine whether the problem is localized to your user account.

     

    Enable guest logins* and log in as Guest. For instructions, launch the System Preferences application, select Help from the menu bar, and enter “Set up guest users” (without the quotes) in the search box. Don't use the Safari-only “Guest User” login created by “Find My Mac.”

     

    While logged in as Guest, you won’t have access to any of your personal files or settings. Applications will behave as if you were running them for the first time. Don’t be alarmed by this; it’s normal. If you need any passwords or other personal data in order to complete the test, memorize, print, or write them down before you begin.

     

    Test while logged in as Guest. Same problem?

     

    After testing, log out of the guest account and, in your own account, disable it if you wish. Any files you created in the guest account will be deleted automatically when you log out of it.

     

    *Note: If you’ve activated “Find My Mac” or FileVault, then you can’t enable the Guest account. The “Guest User” login created by “Find My Mac” is not the same. Create a new account in which to test, and delete it, including its home folder, after testing.

     

    Step 2

     

    The purpose of this step is to determine whether the problem is caused by third-party system modifications that load automatically at startup or login.

     

    Disconnect all wired peripherals except those needed for the test, and remove all aftermarket expansion cards. Boot in safe mode* and log in to the account with the problem. The instructions provided by Apple are as follows:

     

    • Shut down your computer, wait 30 seconds, and then hold down the shift key while pressing the power button.
    • When you see the gray Apple logo, release the shift key.
    • If you are prompted to log in, type your password, and then hold down the shift key again as you click Log in.

     

    Safe mode is much slower to boot and run than normal, and some things won’t work at all, including wireless networking on certain Macs.  The next normal boot may also be somewhat slow.

     

    The login screen appears even if you usually log in automatically. You must know your login password in order to log in. If you’ve forgotten the password, you will need to reset it before you begin.

     

    *Note: If FileVault is enabled, or if a firmware password is set, or if the boot volume is a software RAID, you can’t boot in safe mode.

     

    Test while in safe mode. Same problem?

     

    After testing, reboot as usual (i.e., not in safe mode) and verify that you still have the problem. Post the results of steps 1 and 2.

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