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I know its a simple menu item somewhere, but I can't find it anywhere! I really want the sidebar to always show when I open a new Finder window. Can anyone tell me how to do this?

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Why did this get downvoted? Odd. – Harv Aug 18 '12 at 20:42
@harv Because it didn't show any research effort. – ؘؘؘؘ Aug 19 '12 at 10:32
@Lari I did a google search before posting, but I didn't find the answer quickly. – OghmaOsiris Aug 23 '12 at 21:20

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Select Finder and click ViewShow Sidebar or press ⌘ cmd + ⌥ alt/option + S.

A tip when it comes to menus: if you go to the Help menu and search for what you want. It will highlight the result in the menu if you hover over it.

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Note however that you need to show the toolbar first (View->Show Toolbar), before the Show Sidebar option becomes available. – scottishwildcat Aug 18 '12 at 19:36
What am I to do if Show Sidebar is greyed out? – Keyslinger Sep 23 at 3:09

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