Finder sidebar with tendency to disappear

Discussion in 'macOS' started by asiga, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. asiga macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    First of all, I know how to enable the Finder sidebar again, just by switching it on from the Finder preferences.

    However, from some strange reason, I've been experiencing that the sidebar has a tendency to disappear on some Finder windows, on at least two of my Macs (one running ML, the other SL). I'm not sure if the Mac running El Capitan suffers it or not.

    Since this has been happening since I upgraded one Mac to El Capitan, I'm thinking if it could be the cause, because I sync my files directory tree in all my Macs with rsync, so... I'm wondering if El Capitan changed any specification to the hidden "DS_STORE" files which might be causing this?

    One very noteworthy case is the root foolder of my USB drive (formatted with OS X format): One day its sidebar disappeared on my SL Mac. I enabled it again. I plugged the USB on the rest of my Macs (ML and El Capitan). And a couple of days later, I plug it again on my SL Mac and voila, the sidebar disappeared again.

    Note: I've never seen this in my Macs before, from Tiger up to Yosemite, and I've been syncing my data tree with rsync for years now.

    What's happening here?
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    There used to be an oval in the upper right corner to toggle that on and off. I think I read that it is now invisible. Try clicking there and see if anything happens.
  3. asiga thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    I've no problems for enabling the sidebar again. The problem is that it will disappear again after syncing files from other Macs (with different OS X versions). As I said, I've never seen this issue until a few weeks ago, which was also the time when I updated one of the Macs to El Capitan.
  4. asiga thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
  5. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Have you tried excluding the .ds_store files from the syncing?
  6. asiga thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    No, but I agree that it might be the only solution...

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