Show or Hide the Mac Finder Window Sidebar

Apr 13, 2011 - 3 Comments

Finder The Finder window sidebar makes navigation in Mac OS X easier, with quick access points to various aspects of a users home directory, as well as throughout the file system.

Users can choose to show the Finder sidebar, or to hide the Finder sidebar, depending on their individual preferences.

Show & Hide the Mac Finder Sidebar with a Keystroke

You can hide or show the sidebar from Mac Finder windows by hitting Command+Option+S, this command keeps the window toolbar buttons intact across making it different than than clicking on the grey pill-button.

hide Mac finder window sidebar

Toggling the keystroke again will reverse the prior selection, either showing or hiding the sidebar of Finder windows.

How to Show & Hide the Sidebar in Mac OS X Finder Manually

If you’re not a fan of keyboard shortcuts, you can also select this option manually through the View menu in the OS X Finder:

  1. Pull down “View” menu from a Mac Finder window
  2. Choose “Hide Sidebar” (or Show Sidebar if you want to see it, conversely)

The settings change is immediate.

Hide the Finder sidebar in Mac OS X

How to Show finder sidebar in mac OS X

This change will affect all Mac OS X Finder windows unless otherwise specified.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Ian says:

    The sidebar reminds me of Windows, it looks nice turned off. It would be good if the grey button would activate this, I have never understood the purpose of it otherwise, it just makes windows look like Mac OS 9

  2. […] If you’re wondering why my Finder windows don’t have a sidebar, you can remove it with a keyboard shortcut. […]

  3. […] you prefer to keep the toolbar, you can also try hiding the Finder sidebars only with Command+Option+S. That will also maintain the single window option too, unless it has […]

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