Finder is probably the most used service on your Mac computer. Using Finder, you can easily navigate through files, applications and pretty much anything else on your system. You can think of Finder as the gateway to all your files, applications, and downloads. You’ve probably used Finder countless times. It’s likely that you navigated through Finder by using the Finder sidebar towards the left.  This sidebar provides quick access points to various different directories throughout your system. Through the sidebar, you can navigate through the files on your system, in a matter of seconds. This saves users a large amount of time.

Since the Finder sidebar is a very useful tool, it can be very stressful if the sidebar suddenly disappears. It’s possible you may have inadvertently hidden your Finder sidebar. Users have the option to hide our show their finder sidebar, as per their convenience. If your Finder sidebar is missing, there’s no need to worry. this isn’t a serious problem, and can be solved with a few troubleshooting methods. Believe it or not, this is a fairly common problem.

These methods are very easy to carry out and only require a few moments of your time. You can choose to either use a keyboard shortcut to cause the Finder sidebar to reappear, or you can manually restore the sidebar back to its original positions. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which method you choose. Both methods will give the same results. In order to get started, and make your Finder sidebar reappear, follow the instructions below.

Use Keyboard Shortcut to Make Finder Sidebar Appear

You can use a keyboard shortcut, in order to toggle whether or not the Finder sidebar remains hidden or seen. This method will not affect any of your files or data. You can rest assured. Everything that is stored in Finder will remain intact. You may also be concerned that since the sidebar is missing, your data may also be missing. However, there’s no need to worry about this. Your data is safe and sound, and exactly where it belongs. In order to get started, and use a keyboard shortcut to make the Finder sidebar reappear, follow the instructions below.

1. Launch Finder.

2. Press the command + option + S keys in order to toggle the Finder sidebar. If your Finder sidebar was missing, it should now reappear. If your Finder sidebar wasn’t missing, using this keyboard shortcut will cause the Finder sidebar to become hidden.

It’s as simple as that. Your Finder sidebar should be right back where it belongs. For future references, this is a good keyboard shortcut to keep in mind if you ever want to sidebar to become hidden.

Manually Show Finder Sidebar in Mac OS X

If you don’t prefer to use keyboard shortcuts, for whatever reason, you can manually make the Finder sidebar reappear. You can do this through the menu bar. This method is very easy to carry out, and only requires a few moments of your time. In order to get started and make the Finder sidebar reappear manually, follow the instructions below.

1. Launch Finder.

2. Using the menu bar towards the top left of your screen, click on View.

3. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on Show Sidebar.

That’s all it takes. You’ve now found your Finder sidebar. The setting change will occur immediately. This change will affect all the Finder windows, unless you specify differently. Please know that you can also use this method in order to hide the Finder sidebar. In order to hide the Finder sidebar, you would select Hide Sidebar from the drop-down menu. Many users preferred to hide the Finder sidebar in order to have a more aesthetically pleasing look.

No matter what you choose to do, you don’t have to worry about data loss. None of the methods above affect any of the files and information on your Mac. All of your files will remain exactly as they were. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which method you choose, as both work. Feel free to use the method that is most convenient for you.