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I'm running OS X 10.8.2 with TotalFinder.

Recently, when launching Finder from dock stacks—for instance, the Downloads folder—by clicking the "Open in Finder", the toolbar and sidebar are both hidden (I have them visible by default).

I can't find an option for that. Is this a bug?

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When this happens what is the state of Show/Hide Sidebar in the view menu? –  Diago Jan 12 '13 at 7:00
    
@Diago Of course it is Show Sidebar. There is no problem showing sidebar and toolbar again. And a new tab would be with toolbar and sidebar. (Oops I forgot to mention that I also use TotalFinder.) –  KevinSayHi Jan 12 '13 at 7:09
    
Anyway, I tested again and reproduce exactly the same problem without TotalFinder running. Seems that this is not a problem with TotalFinder (I've also tried repairing permissions). –  KevinSayHi Jan 12 '13 at 7:13
    
I have had similar instances. WHen opening Finder in a certain sequence, it doesn't show the Sidebar. I actually don't even think it's a bug but the way Finder works. I also use TotalFinder, but it doesn't seem to affect it. –  Diago Jan 12 '13 at 7:14
    
@Diago If my memory works well, this problem hit me before several times, but recently it has become a routine, which is really frustrating—I don't even want to keep the dock stacks anymore, and I don't think it is how Finder is supposed to work. Yeah I believe the problem is on Apple's side—TotalFinder is a good add-on. I know a few other bugs about Finder (or general appleeventsd) and nothing is due to TotalFinder. –  KevinSayHi Jan 12 '13 at 7:21
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You should check, if you have View -> Show Toolbar option enabled. When toolbar is disabled, there's no option to have sidebar and "Show Sidebar" option in Finder Menu View -> Show Sidebar is grayed out.

Worked for me.

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Well, if you look at the comments below the question closely, you could find out that I have no problem re-showing sidebar or toolbar. Your answer is the fix for another problem (which I happened to have encountered ages ago). Anyway, thanks for answering. –  KevinSayHi Jan 22 '13 at 5:38
    
+1: regardless of the OP reaction, your answer did work for me, so thanks. –  rsenna Jul 7 '13 at 22:24
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There used to always be the little curved button in the upper-right that would let you hide/show the side bar.

Linking the two -- toolbar and side bar is odd -- and stranger yet, only one, the toolbar, can be toggled. Hence, you can have toolbar and no side bar, but you cannot hide the toolbar and show the side bar.

The biggest problem is that the solution is buried and counter-intuitive. The show sidebar option should always be there -- even if it were to automatically show the toolbar, too!

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The key command is Ctrl+⌥ Opt+T.

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Strangely, this is what helped me :-) –  Geordee Naliyath Apr 11 at 4:17
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