Hide the Mac Finder Window Sidebar

Apr 13, 2011 - 3 Comments

You can hide 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

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, just pull down “View” and then choose “Hide Sidebar” (or Show Sidebar if you want to see it, conversely).

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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