Collapsing Finder SideBar in Leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by FreedomCoach, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. FreedomCoach macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2007
    In Tiger, it is possible to completely collapse or hide the sidebar in Finder Windows. However, it appears that this ability has been removed from Leopard.

    This is very annoying to me since I often have the desire to just see a plain list of files in a folder without anything else obscuring or distracting my view of the documents. Collapsing the sidebar also saves screen real estate too when you have many folders open and you're using a small 13" macbook screen.

    I'm hoping someone will come up with some way to add this ability back into Leopard perhaps as some terminal unix command or applescript or whatever. This would be a fantastic hint or tip for the MacOSHints site. All help appreciated!

  2. PCMacUser macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    It's rather concerning that Apple would remove a useful piece of functionality like this. But after hearing about the other features which have been removed, I'm no longer surprised.
  3. Mindcrime macrumors regular


    Oct 24, 2003
    Houston, Texas
    A Day in the Life of Steve Jobs:

    Steve Jobs sits at his desk. His speaker phone chirps.

    Steve: Y'ello!

    Marketing Guy: Yo, Stevie. Got some news for you.

    Steve: Give it to me, big guy.

    Marketing Guy: Greenpeace and PETA are all up our noses because our products aren't environmentally friendly enough. The Goracle is having hissy fits in his meditation chamber.

    Steve: Crap. What do you suggest we do? There's no way in hell I'm stopping those Quanta assembly lines in Taiwan. We'll lose too much money.

    Marketing Guy: Hmmm. Wait! I got it. You know those monkeys that can sign?

    Steve: Are you talking about Koko the Talking Gorilla?

    Marketing Guy: Yeah, that one. What if we marketed our product to talking monkeys, Steve? That way Greenpeace and the Goracle will be satisfied for the time being. I mean, what's greener than selling product to an endangered species?

    Steve: You know what? That sounds like a good idea. But...

    Marketing Guy: But what?

    Steve: OS X is a very advanced system. I don't think a talking monkey can use it...

    Marketing Guy: Don't worry. I'll have a word with Fred in the Human User Interface department. I'm sure he can find ways to 'dumb' down the OS for monkeys.

    Steve: Okay. But, uh, mum's the word, yeah? We don't want those other talking monkeys finding out.
  4. point665 macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2004
    Maybe Im missing something but in a finder window hit the wide button in the top right corner...
  5. telf22 macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2007
    WTH the does have to do with anything???
  6. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    That takes the toolbar with it.

    In Tiger, you could size the sidebar down to zero
  7. Mindcrime macrumors regular


    Oct 24, 2003
    Houston, Texas
    Leopard has been dumbed down from a User Interface perspective. The OP was talking about the lose of functionality in Finder. Sometimes the people at Apple (and other companies for that matter) make really bizarre design decisions and one can only wonder about why.
  8. FreedomCoach thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2007
    Must be a Terminal Command that would work

    What I'm hoping for is that some mac or unix techie will come up with a terminal command that collapses the sidebar.

    There must be a parameter controlling the size of the sidebar. It is just that we cannot bring it to zero by dragging but hopefully unix can force it to be zero. Where's a techie when you need one?

  9. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Send Apple feedback that you want the functionality back. They do actually listen if enough people gripe.
  10. nakile macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    I'm kind of glad they took it away.

    I was in a Mac store once with a bunch of Macs up for demo. I noticed that somebody had hidden the sidebar in the Finder on the systems (along with hiding the Dock and moving it to the left side of the screen). As you could imagine, people trying the Macs out kind of got frustrated because they had no idea there was a sidebar and it's almost impossible to use the Finder without it.

    In the end, it seems the ability to hide it did more bad than good.
  11. ivnj macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2006
    I installed leopard erase and install. Not sure what I did but I have no sidebar.

  12. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    There's a little bug I just found.

    Tick off all the side bar items (under Finder preferences). Now try and tick them all back. I can't tick Searches, my Home or Applications.
  13. digitalpops macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007
    Side Bar Issues

    FreedomCoach and mainstreetmark,

    I agree with both of you.

    And one more thing:

    Why can't you keyboard navigate "Forward" and "Back" through folder browsing?

    I minimize my menu buttons to nothing. I don't like clutter.

    The Oval Icon on the upper right would be perfect if it didn't open folders in new windows.

    I sent my comments to AppleSupport. Hopefully they listen.

  14. iVoid macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    While it's still there, if you drag the divider between the sidebar and the folder contents all the way to the left, you effectively remove it. Just the little vertical bar is left.
  15. digitalpops macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007


    I'm talking about Leopard.

    I miss that feature that was available in Tiger. Hope Apple brings it back.
  16. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Its called "Spatial Browsing" and its how the Finder always used to work. One window per folder.
  17. Northpass Kid macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    I sent a note to Apple Feedback like QuarterSweede suggested.

    The more people bug them about this the better.
  18. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Except it's broken. I can almost hear John Siracusa crying from here. ;)

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