Finder glitch - Can't see left side of window

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    I'm not really sure how to describe the strange glitch i'm having in Finder. When I open Finder, or return to it, sometimes I am unable to see the left side of the window... like it's cut off or something. Scrolling does not help - in fact I don't even have a scrollbar appearing at the bottom..

    Any suggestions or comments? :confused:
     

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  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here's a follow up. Going in and out of Photoshop the glitch occurs just after I posted the topic.
     

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  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bump

    So many views... no suggestions? :\
     
  4. macrumors 601

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    You could try trashing your Finder plist file.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    Open a folder, then go to view. Enable side bar.
    In the first image you show, you can see the name bar at the top in blue, if you click and hold, then drag to the right, it will make the name column wider too.
    Help?
     
  6. macrumors 601

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    As I read the OP, this is an intermittent problem, not just that the Sidebar is disabled globally.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The sidebar is already enabled, and resizing the columns does not give me access to the first few columns that have disappeared.

    Suggestions?
     

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    Yes...
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still experiencing this issue following these instructions I followed found on Google...


    Delete Finder preferences using Finder

    Open a Finder window and navigate to Home > Library > Preferences folder.
    Trash the file com.apple.finder.plist
    If you are using Mac OS X 10.3 or later, also trash the Finder Sidebar preferences file, com.apple.sidebarlists.plist
    Perform one of the following tasks:
    Log out, then in again.
    Relaunch the Finder by choosing Force Quit from the Apple menu, selecting Finder, then clicking the Relaunch button.
    Empty the Trash.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Any Mac wizards have more recommendations side from deleting .PList file. :confused::confused:
     
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    justperry

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    Delete ".DS_Store" files might be the solution, these files contain folder settings, you could use Spotlight for this but I use a program called EasyFind, if you use that small app make sure it includes invisible files and package contents, all/most settings are lost, give it a try.
    Mostly I just recommend deleting the one on the Desktop first, after this it's best to logout or even better do a restart.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still having this problem...

    I've noticed (since this has been happening well over a month now) that the problem occurs often when I drag something into my Dock. For example if I drag an image into Photoshop on the dock while at work.

     
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    justperry

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    Always or often, if it is always you could try to delete (or move to the desktop, if it does not work put back) the com.apple.dock.plist in your preferences Folder.
    Kill the dock ( it auto relaunches) afterwards in Activity Monitor.
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    solution?

    I know this is old and probably fixed in a more recent OS than I have, but in case others are still using 10.7.X, I thought I'd share what worked for me.

    I've had this problem for ages, too, but hadn't made the connection with dragging a file to the dock. I just knew that sometimes, after working in an application I would come back to the Finder and have a messed-up window, the left side cut off about as much as the width of the sidebar, and the sidebar also missing. Turning off the sidebar and turning it back on usually (always?) cleared it up.

    But after your observation re the dock, I tried turning off "genie effect" in the dock prefs and no longer experience the problem. Thank you!
     

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