On my old MacBook, I could hit ⌘ cmd + ⌥ alt/option + space and get a new Finder window with the sidebar (Downloads, Documents, etc…).

On my new Mac, that same command only gives me a Spotlight window which excludes the sidebar.

Is there a way to get the hotkey shortcut going again so that I don't have to ⌘ cmd + ⇥ tab to the Finder each time to hit ⌘ cmd + N?

I am on a Mac i5 MacBook Pro.

  • If you want to assign a keyboard shortcut for focusing Finder (and opening a new window if there are no open windows), see this question for different ways to assign keyboard shortcuts for opening applications. – Lri Oct 6 '13 at 19:06

Press ⌘ cmd + ⌥ alt/option + S to show the sidebar (or select View > Show Sidebar from the Finder menubar).

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