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Restore Finder sidebar icons for documents, downloads and desktop

Restore Finder sidebar icons for documents, downloads and desktop

nickgertler
Explorer | Level 3

With new Mac Backup feature my local documents, downloads and desktop folders are now syncing with Dropbox. I really like having this feature, but one result is that the finder sidebar now just shows generic folder icons for these folders. It's a small thing, but it makes the Finder sidebar significantly harder to navigate.

 

I'm wondering if a feature could be implimented that uses the same method that Dropbox is already using to display the Dropbox icon in the Finder sidebar to also restore the custom icons for the documents, downloads and desktop folders when they're being backed-up to Dropbox.

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Lusil
Dropboxer

Hi there, this idea is going to need a bit more support before we share your suggestion with our team.


We’ve updated the status to encourage more users to back you up!

Status changed to: Needs more votes
apiluguin
Explorer | Level 4

God bless you, good sir!

Anivalp
Helpful | Level 6

I agree with @nickgertler, can Dropbox please restore the original sidebar icons!

 

The reason this occurs is because of the way Dropbox decided to implement the backup feature, which I really don't like! Instead of developing a proper backup tool, Dropbox decided to move the Desktop, Documents, and Downloads folders to reside within the Dropbox folder, then hid these folders from the user and put shortcut / symbolic link folders at the original location. Hence why the icons are now generic, because they are icons the OS associates with shortcut folders...

 

Think about all this on a high level: automatically moving important folders, hiding folders, and creating shortcuts to make the OS think they are still in the original location. Does this come across as a robust and transparent backup tool? It seems like a hack / workaround solution... and if you use the same dropbox on multiple computers or multiple user accounts on the one computer you will discover lots of problems with it. Dropbox didn't even develop a robust solution to stop using this feature and put your folders back to the way they were beforehand! Very disappointing... 

pmashx
Explorer | Level 3

I absolutely support @nickgertler. This change to the generic folder icons in finder was the first thing I noticed within seconds after activating the backup fearture. It really throws me off not having the original folder icons anymore. Please make a better solution available.

tomy0000000
Explorer | Level 3

Agree, having icons on the sidebar is the whole point why sidebar exist.

 
davidstosik
Helpful | Level 5

Yup, I pretty much hate it too, and am reconsidering the decision to use "Computer backup". Those symbolic links may trip some applications that expect the real folders to be there and, as the icons can attest, not everything came back where it was, as one of the computer backup intro messages was suggesting... 😞

superdave_x
Explorer | Level 4

Hi, did anyone find a solution to this bug ?

apiluguin
Explorer | Level 4

@superdave_x Unfortunately it is not a bug, its an oversight.

 

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