Show the Finder Toolbar, Sidebar and Status Bar
Mac Tip #371, 11 February 2009
Open up a Finder window. What do you see?
The screenshots show 2 different views of my rather empty Desktop. In the first image you see only an empty Finder window with a Title Bar across the top and the Path Bar at the bottom.
In the second image the Finder window displaying my Desktop has a Toolbar across the top and a Sidebar on the left side, as well as a Status Bar across the bottom. All contain useful tools, information, and links.
See View the Path of a File to find out how to show and hide the Path Bar.
To make the Toolbar, Sidebar and Status Bar visible — you get all or none — click the ‘jellybean’ in the top right corner of the Finder window. Click it once to make the Toolbar, Sidebar and Status Bar visible, and again to make them invisible.
If you hold down the Command (Apple) key while you click the jellybean repeatedly you’ll see the Toolbar changes slightly with each click. The Command clicks cycle the Toolbar between different views: large or small icons (with and without text), and text-only.
Hold down both Option and Command (Apple) while you click on the ‘jellybean’ and the Customise Toolbar sheet appears.
By the way: experiment with clicking the ‘jellybean’ in other programs too, with and without various modifier keys (ie Command, Option, etc). You may be interested to see what happens in your web browser or mail program or word processor.