I know its a simple menu item somewhere, but I can't find it anywhere! I really want the sidebar to always show when I open a new Finder window. Can anyone tell me how to do this?

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    Why did this get downvoted? Odd.
    – Harv
    Commented Aug 18, 2012 at 20:42
  • @harv Because it didn't show any research effort.
    – Lri
    Commented Aug 19, 2012 at 10:32
  • @Lari I did a google search before posting, but I didn't find the answer quickly. Commented Aug 23, 2012 at 21:20

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Select Finder and click ViewShow Sidebar or press ⌘ cmd + ⌥ alt/option + S.

A tip when it comes to menus: if you go to the Help menu and search for what you want. It will highlight the result in the menu if you hover over it.

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    Note however that you need to show the toolbar first (View->Show Toolbar), before the Show Sidebar option becomes available.
    – calum_b
    Commented Aug 18, 2012 at 19:36
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    What am I to do if Show Sidebar is greyed out? puu.sh/kkWdS.png
    – Keyslinger
    Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 3:09

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