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I use cmd + alt + spacebar to launch a new finder window on my mac. Sometimes however, instead of launching a normal finder window complete with sidebar (something like this), it instead launches a window without a sidebar, like this enter image description here. Why does this happen and how do I prevent it from happening?

  • btw, CMD+ALT+Space is pretty cool for opening a new search window. You can also open a new Finder window with CMD+SHIFT+N, and use the Finder Prefs to choose what folder is shown in new windows. – Demis Oct 2 '17 at 16:40
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On my computer, +T toggles the toolbars on/off. Maybe you have this keyboard shortcut set to + M,N,B,V, or C, such that you accidentally hit both shortcuts?

You can check in your SysPrefs > Keyboard > Shortcuts pane, or just try those shortcuts that are near the space bar.

I suggest this because of your assertion that it happens "sometimes", which is pretty weird. I did once have my toolbars always missing, which it turns out required some preference file to be deleted or something. But I've never seen an intermittent issue like that.

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