I've previously used shortcut alt+cmd+space to launch new finder windows. In macOS 10.15, Catalina, this has changed in a way that search is now mandatory and I cannot select View -> Show sidebar (it is disabled).

Is there a way to launch new Finder window with keyboard or a way to get old behavior back?

Edit: This seems to be problem in this computer. I have access also to another Catalina running macbook where alt+cmd+space works as before.

  • See if you assigned shortcuts to something else in keyboard preferences.
    – anki
    Commented Oct 8, 2019 at 12:46

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In the end this was simple as View -> Show Toolbar. Finder cannot show sidebar if toolbar is not enabled. Maybe catalina upgrade changed this, or I have accidentally pressed shortcut to hide toolbar.

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