Can't find "Computer" and left pane in Finder

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  1. dscan99 macrumors regular

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    I'm sorry if the subject sounds vague but not sure how to describe it.. I installed OSX (Panther) updates last week (after a really long time I finally gave in and installed all the updates) and next thing I know, whenI open up Finder to burn a data CD, the left hand side pane is completely missing :confused: .. the pane where I usually see my computer, Music, Pictures, Applications and Blank CD ... I tried setting it in Finder -> Prefs and ithought it had come back but then after closing and reopening Finder, the left pane disappeared again...

    it's very weird.. I had to actually use the Menu to burn CD and needed two finder windos to drag n drop files.... any help/thoughts are welcome!!

    TIA!!
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Have you accidentally clicked on the toolbar toggle in the right hand corner and closed the sidebar? Also, in Finder preferences, the sidebar tab has a checkbox for Computer to be shown in the sidebar.
     
  3. dscan99 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The toolbar toggle.. is that the little red "--" on the top right hand corner? (apologies if it sounds stupid but I'm at work on my PC... hehe). I tried that too and that didn't do anything. I was still just left with all the icons in the Finder without the left pane.

    I did check the checkbox you suggested and I got the computer and other things to show up temporarily and was all happy but then i closed finder and reopened only to have it disappear again ... AND the checkbox was still checked.

    Strange huh?????
     
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    No, it's the little "Aqua-style" button on the top right of the Finder window. (And remember, there are no stupid questions, etc. ;))
     
  5. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    If the Finder is showing a window with the brushed metal border, look for a dot in the middle of the left border. Grab it and drag it to the right. That's the size control for the sidebar.
     
  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Good call. Though it's might be even easier to just double-click the dot. :)
     
  7. dscan99 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys! I will give it a try tonight when I get home... hope it's something as simple as what you've suggested!
     
  8. dscan99 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes!!! That did it!!! Thank you so much Counterfit!! :)
     

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