7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 30, 2011 6:32 AM by jessevh
Arhsmacdude Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

my sidebar magically disappeared from every window. how do I get it back?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,780 points)

    From the Finder menu View>Show Sidebar.

  • xamdu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, my sidebar disappeared as well, but when I click on View>Show Sidebar, it is grayed out and is not an option.  Any ideas?  Now, when I connect an external drive, the sidebar is there, it is only on my internal hard drive.  Thanks.

  • Arhsmacdude Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    thats strange...

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,230 points)

    xamdu wrote:

     

    Ok, my sidebar disappeared as well, but when I click on View>Show Sidebar, it is grayed out and is not an option.  Any ideas? 

    Once you open a folder or a drive icon on the desktop, the Show Sidebar item in the View menu should become active. It is not selectable unless there is an active window available.

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    You can achieve the same thing by clicking on the little lozenge-shaped button at the top right of any window.

     

    Which may well be how you lost it in the first place!

  • xamdu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, this helped.  I guess my cursor was a little off and I clicked on that without knowing...  Its all back to the way is should be now. 

  • jessevh Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Trashing sidebar preferences didn't work. This is the solution! Open Terminal, add script, hit return.

     

    rm -rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

    killall Finder

     

    Thanks so much!