I've Googled for this a little bit, and I wasn't able to find an obvious answer, so is it possible to hide the Finder sidebar completely? So that it never comes back until I tell it to? The same goes for the toolbar.

Thanks for any help you can provide. :)

Extra info:

  • I am using OS X Mountain Lion on this Mac.
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    Hide it just for a certain window? Or for all future windows? Or for all windows created in the past as well?
    – GEdgar
    Oct 13, 2012 at 21:42
  • I would like to hide it for absolutely everything, no matter the day it is, or was, open.
    – greduan
    Oct 13, 2012 at 21:43

5 Answers 5

defaults write com.apple.finder ShowSidebar -bool false; killall Finder

ShowToolbar -bool false didn't seem to work.

  • Thanks for the answer. :) So this would make it automatically never appear again?
    – greduan
    Mar 21, 2013 at 13:24
  • Yeah, but it doesn't seem to affect some special folders like trash.
    – Lri
    Mar 21, 2013 at 13:39
  • not works on elcapitan
    – Bruno
    Feb 26, 2016 at 19:02
  • Not working on 10.12
    – Luke
    Dec 6, 2016 at 23:42
  • This no longer seems to work. Unfortunate. Mar 19, 2020 at 7:00

Use FinderMinder. In preferences check Run AppleScript, click edit and add this line

set toolbar visible to false
  • I cannot find “Preferences” or “Run AppleScript” in the current version of FinderMinder. Aug 15, 2022 at 9:26

FinderMinder is the answer... with some deeper explanation.

Download here: FinderMinder http://www.irradiatedsoftware.com/labs/

Setup Instructions

In FinderMinder's "Contents" (right click the app, select "Show Package Contents") you will find a "Contents" folder. Open that, then open "Resources" then you will see a file "com.apple.finder.scpt".

Open com.apple.finder.scpt in the native "Script Editor" app. Delete the (* and the *), change the set toolbar visible to true to set toolbar visible to false, then save the script. Now run FinderMinder and set it up normally to allow it to control the Finder through the System Preferences. Voila!

Visual Setup

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On and off for years I have I have been searching for a way to remove the Finder's sidebars and toolbars, never to show again. Unfortunately the "bar" epidemic became a pandemic with Catalina which randomly likes to re-show sidebars and toolbars on windows where they were turned off. Finder has been a hot-mess since the inception of Mac OS X and FinderMinder provides some serious relief from the highly frustrating experience of Mac OS X Finder. (FTFF)

Props to @1.61803 for the original FinderMinder tip, you are my freekin' hero! This might be the best Christmas gift for me for 2019!


Open Finder, both options are in the View menu.

View -> Hide Sidebar

For the Status bar,

View -> Hide Status Bar
  • I've tried that, but it appears again by re-opening the folder. lol BTW, I don't want to hide the sidebar.
    – greduan
    Oct 13, 2012 at 22:27
  • ahh, odd functionality. creating an new window in Finder using cmd+N opens a new window with the Sidebar hidden, but opening a new window by double clicking opens a new window with the sidebar... odd
    – Stu Wilson
    Oct 13, 2012 at 22:30

New Finder windows in Mountain Lion appear to behave as in previous versions:

Create a new Finder window in any manner--Command-N, click on Finder in dock, etc. Adjust this window as to screen location, size, view style--everything customizable. Close the window -- and all future new Finder windows will be exactly as you have set.

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