I'm not sure why but quite recently Finder likes to show me the Preview panel on new Finder windows.

I've tried every method I could find:

  • Hiding the preview. Close the finder and open a new window. Will show the same preview again.
  • Go to /Users/$username$/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist and edit the ShowPreviewPane setting it to NO. This will magically revert to YES after I relaunch the Finder.

I'm out of ideas. What could I do?

  • There is no string ShowPreviewPane in my finder.plist I do see PreviewPaneVisibility for each window, but no global control. It may depend on what your default for New Finder Window is set to - or which OS you're on. Need more info.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 23, 2015 at 8:08
  • I'm on El Capitan, latest version from yesterday (10.11.1) Oct 23, 2015 at 8:09

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Finder->View Menu->Hide Preview.

  • Already did that and that didn't work. Oct 23, 2015 at 14:21
  • 4
    And how do you do it system wide. Every time I start Finder have to do it over again.
    – powder366
    Aug 3, 2016 at 9:27

I tried deleting library/preferences/com.apple.finder.plist but it had no effect. Neither did changing "Hide Preview" in Finder's View menu.

But -- drum roll please -- with the finder window open showing the preview pane, I used the key combo shift-command-P and the pane disappeared from the open window, AND FROM ALL NEW FINDER WINDOWS I OPENED!

Persistence pays!


This worked for me:

  1. Open Finder and close preview pane,
  2. Press +J (or select in menu: View->Show view options), select needed options and press "Set as default" button.

I found I had the same issue. Coda, a text editing app, had a lock on the file. Once I went into Coda's preferences and released the file to Text Editor, my changes to the com.apple.finder.plist file reset. It's safe to delete the file. OS X will automatically create a new file shortly after the old file has been deleted.


Open Terminal

cd /Users/$username$/Library/Preferences/

sudo mv com.apple.finder.plist com.apple.finder.plist.GO.AWAY

On the desktop: Finder->Apple->Force Quit->Relaunch Finder

Check the preview pane (pain) is now gone.

Back to terminal:

sudo chmod 444 com.apple.finder.plist

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