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For some reason, my file window when I am opening a file/folder or uploading something the sidebar is missing a lot of items which makes navigating to my destination a pain. What am I missing? My normal finder window is fine and isn't missing any items. I tried to go into the library>preferences>and deleting any com.apple.finder.plist like in another thread but I didn't find any files like that in my library. I searched my entire mac for them and didn't find any.

I'm using El Capitan.

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  • When looking for your Library folder, please make sure to look in the Library folder for your User (/Users/USER/Library), not the root Library folder (/Library). The first answer in that question indicates how to do that. – NetherLinks Jan 20 '16 at 1:27
  • I swear I'm following the steps and am still not finding any com.apple.finder.plist. – Pauline Orr Jan 20 '16 at 6:10
  • when in your /Users/USER/Library/Preferences folder, have you tried: sorting by name? typing the name of the file directly into the Finder window? or using the Search field? As an additional thing, have you tried a simple (without deleting anything) restart of your Mac? – NetherLinks Jan 20 '16 at 6:14
  • I figured out why I was having issues- for whatever reason my USER window wasn't showing the library folder to me. So I had to "show view options" to see it. No wonder I was having confusions on your answer. Thank you for the help! – Pauline Orr Jan 20 '16 at 18:16

When finder is the current app, hit command and , at the same time. Click the Sidebar tab. You can then select the things you want to show up in window. If they are already selected, try un-selecting them and re-selecting them.

Edit: As @NetherLinks mentioned, a few good answers are over at "File Open" dialog is missing sidebar items. Try them if mine doesn't work.

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