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I have OS X Lion and when I open a finder window everything seems OK. But I can't see the Path Bar nor the Status bar.

When I activate one of the bars with View->Show Status Bar or View->Show Path Bar the Finder window gets bigger in height ( growing downwards ), nothing else happens.

Anyone have an idea what I can do to see the Bars?

(The Bars are working in other applications like Safari, ⌘+/ and it pops up)

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If you create a new user account, do they appear in that account? – Daniel Nov 8 '11 at 22:33
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Remove the Finder plist. You can find it at ~/Library/Preferences/

Then restart. This should reset any strange preferences keeping the Finder from showing the path and status bars.

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I restarted it, nothing changed. Do you have the same problem or does it work for you? – user8551 Aug 5 '11 at 14:34
I updated my answer to remove the Finder plist before restarting. Does that fix it? – Nate Bird Aug 5 '11 at 15:06
In Lion you can't see the Library by default. If you option click the Finder "Go" menu you can see and select the Library and open it. – Nate Bird Aug 5 '11 at 15:10
I used Houdine to toggle visibility of the Library folder :D – user8551 Aug 6 '11 at 11:54
The error occurs sometimes now... but it disappears when I do your trick with deleting the plist – user8551 Aug 6 '11 at 12:01

Is it just this you are looking for? Finder > View > Show Path Bar?

Also here:

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I know what it is, it just doesn't show up sometimes, so I have to reboot :(. It's a bug, like the one not displaying the desktops in mission control. (and I have a new MacBook Pro) – user8551 Aug 26 '11 at 18:45

The bug did come from BetterSnapTool. An app for resizing the windows.

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And how did you solve it? Remove BetterSnapTool, upgrading to a lion-compatible version or something else? – patrix Nov 23 '11 at 17:00
I didn't solve it, right now with the newest patches for OS X Lion and Better Snap Tool the bug persists. I wrote an email with a picture to the developer 3 months ago. – user8551 Dec 10 '11 at 13:15

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