Hide the Toolbar in Mac OS X Lion Finder Windows

Dec 7, 2011 - 2 Comments

Hide Toolbar in OS X Lion for Minimal Mac Finder windows

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion left behind the toolbar switch that used to sit in the upper right corner of all Finder windows as a rectangular button in favor of a cleaner appearance. That doesn’t mean you can’t hide the toolbar in OS X Lion though, it’s just done through the View menu or by using a quick keyboard shortcut:

  • Open a Finder window, then hit Command+Option+T to hide the toolbar and sidebar

With the toolbar hidden, desktop windows take on a minimalist appearance and as a side effect, all folders open in new windows rather than be contained in the same window. This is how older versions of Mac OS behaved, and it’s very useful if you’re moving or copying items around in nested folders but can quickly lead to a lot of window clutter.

Open each Folder in a New Window

If 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 been overridden by another Finder preference choice.

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

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  1. Wm. Cerniuk says:

    It would be nice to default to all side bars hidden. There is too much unnecessary window clutter with that side bar always showing on all of my finder windows. Never use it, just want it to go away.

  2. hhhh says:

    It would be nice to have all side bars shown!!! Its so annoying not have all controls at hand.

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