Mastering iTunes: Customize What You See In The Sidebar [OS X Tips]

iTunes Prefs

If you’ve only recently upgraded to iTunes 11, you might be wondering where some of the features you relied on are? If you’re looking for Podcasts or Radio in the Sidebar, you might not see them right off. Luckily, the fix is fairly easy, and it’s also a great way to customize what you do see there, letting you get rid of things like iTunes U, Ringtones, and other stuff that you may not even have an interest in.

Here’s how.

First, launch iTunes 11 from your Applications folder or Dock, and then head up to the iTunes menu. Choose Preferences with a click, or just hit Command-Comma on your keyboard. Once there, click on the General tab to the far left and you’ll see a section marked “Show:” just below the library name. Click on any of the types of media you want to see, like Radio and the Podcast media, and then click OK at the bottom of the window. If you don’t want to show stuff, like iTunes U or Ringtones, simply click the checkboxes off, so they’re no longer checked or blue.

You’ll now see the Podcast tab in the sidebar, and the Radio tab above your media when viewing the Music tab. I’m not sure why the Radio section will not show up in the sidebar, or why the Podcast button will not show up across the top. You can also hit Command-4 to bring up your podcasts. Seems as if Apple is still struggling to unify things with the latest version of iTunes. At least we can get to our stuff and hide things we don’t need, though, right?

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