Show or Hide the Mac Finder Window Sidebar
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.
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 macOS X Finder:
- Pull down “View” menu from a Mac Finder window
- Choose “Hide Sidebar” (or Show Sidebar if you want to see it, conversely)
The settings change is immediate.
This change will affect all Mac OS X Finder windows unless otherwise specified.