Not the usual Finder sidebar issue (SL 10.6.2)

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  1. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

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    #1
    So a couple of days ago my Finder sidebar simply dissappeared, as in all my shortcuts were not there anymore and I cannot enable them. "Devices", "places" and "search for" is simply gone and it will not let me check it in the sidebar preferences.


    Actions taken so far:
    Realized it wasn't the typical "click jelly bean button on top right".

    I did not accidentally hit "hide sidebar".

    Restarted.

    Repaired Disk Permissions.

    Tried to enable via. Finder Preferences --> Sidebar --> checkbox. However, checkbox wouldn't "check".

    Other accounts look just fine.

    Restored ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist from backup
    Finder crashed upon forced relaunch and no dice.

    Deleted ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist from backup
    On relaunch still no dice.

    Now I am utterly lost.
     

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  2. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    #2
    Any chance you accidentally hit "Hide Sidebar"?

    mt
     

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  3. Jiddick ExRex thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

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  4. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    #4
    Hmmmm. Sure seems like you've got a plist issue, though what you've done should have done something.

    Since the A-string isn't chiming in, how about this:

    Turn everything off in preferences and then force quit Finder.

    If that doesn't work, what happens when you try to save a search?

    What happens when you display icon view or list view?

    Shooting in the dark here.

    You might need to reinstall your OS.

    mt
     
  5. Jiddick ExRex thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

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    #5
    Driving me crazy here. Turning stuff off and relaunching doesn't work and new saved searches don't show at all.
    I am able to view list and icon view fine but still no icons in sidebar.
    Kinda crappy if I need to reinstall the system to fix this, especially since it's a user related issue... :/
    Are there any other local preferences located anywhere that could have gone unnoticed?
     
  6. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    #6
    Maybe try this----Open Terminal (in Utilities) and enter

    defaults find sidebar

    Post the entire portion pertaining to Finder, which should look something like this:

    Found 14 keys in domain 'com.apple.finder': {
    "All Images.cannedSearch" = {
    SidebarWidth = 148;
    ToolbarVisible = 1;
    ViewHeight = 382;
    ViewStyle = icnv;
    WindowBounds = {
    bottom = 490;
    left = 24;
    right = 774;
    top = 108;
    };
    };
    ComputerOptions = {
    ListViewOptions = {
    ColumnCount = 8;
    ColumnFlags = 9;
    Columns = (
    {
    ColumnPropertyID = dnam;
    ColumnSortOrder = 2;
    ColumnVisible = 1;
    ColumnWidth = 300;
    },
    {
    ColumnPropertyID = modd;
    ColumnSortOrder = 2;
    ColumnVisible = 1;
    ColumnWidth = 181;
    },
    {
    ColumnPropertyID = ascd;
    ColumnSortOrder = 2;
    ColumnVisible = 0;
    ColumnWidth = 181;
    },
    {
    ColumnPropertyID = phys;
    ColumnSortOrder = 2;
    ColumnVisible = 1;
    ColumnWidth = 97;
    },
    {
    ColumnPropertyID = kind;
    ColumnSortOrder = 1;
    ColumnVisible = 1;
    ColumnWidth = 115;
    },
    {
    ColumnPropertyID = labl;
    ColumnSortOrder = 1;
    ColumnVisible = 0;
    ColumnWidth = 100;
    },
    {
    ColumnPropertyID = shvr;
    ColumnSortOrder = 1;
    ColumnVisible = 0;
    ColumnWidth = 75;
    },
    {
    ColumnPropertyID = cmmt;
    ColumnSortOrder = 1;
    ColumnVisible = 0;
    ColumnWidth = 300;
    }
    );
    FontSize = 12;
    IconSize = 16;
    SortColumn = dnam;
    UseCustomViewOptions = 1;
    };
    SidebarWidth = 135;
    ToolbarVisible = 1;
    ViewHeight = 382;
    ViewStyle = icnv;
    WindowBounds = {
    bottom = 598;
    left = 106;
    right = 857;
    top = 216;
    };
    };
    ComputerViewSettings = {
    WindowState = {
    ShowPathbar = 1;
    ShowSidebar = 1;
    ShowStatusBar = 1;
    ShowToolbar = 1;
    SidebarWidth = 135;
    WindowBounds = "{{575, 92}, {751, 460}}";
    };
    };
    NSNavSidebarWidth = 120;
    NetworkViewOptions = {
    ColumnViewOptions = {
    ArrangeBy = kind;
    };
    IconViewOptions = {
    ArrangeBy = kind;
    UseCustomViewOptions = 1;
    };
    ListViewOptions = {
    ColumnCount = 8;
    ColumnFlags = 9;
    Columns = (
    {
    ColumnAlignment = 0;
    ColumnPropertyID = dnam;
    ColumnSortOrder = 1;
    ColumnVisible = 1;
    ColumnWidth = 300;
    },
    {
    ColumnAlignment = 0;
    ColumnPropertyID = modd;
    ColumnSortOrder = 2;
    ColumnVisible = 1;
    ColumnWidth = 181;
    },
    {
    ColumnAlignment = 0;
    ColumnPropertyID = ascd;
    ColumnSortOrder = 2;
    ColumnVisible = 0;
    ColumnWidth = 181;
    },
    {
    ColumnAlignment = "-1";
    ColumnPropertyID = phys;
    ColumnSortOrder = 2;
    ColumnVisible = 1;
    ColumnWidth = 97;
    },
    {
    ColumnAlignment = 0;
    ColumnPropertyID = kind;
    ColumnSortOrder = 1;
    ColumnVisible = 1;
    ColumnWidth = 115;
    },
    {
    ColumnAlignment = 0;
    ColumnPropertyID = labl;
    ColumnSortOrder = 1;
    ColumnVisible = 0;
    ColumnWidth = 100;
    },
    {
    ColumnAlignment = 0;
    ColumnPropertyID = shvr;
    ColumnSortOrder = 1;
    ColumnVisible = 0;
    ColumnWidth = 75;
    },
    {
    ColumnAlignment = 0;
    ColumnPropertyID = cmmt;
    ColumnSortOrder = 1;
    ColumnVisible = 0;
    ColumnWidth = 300;
    }
    );
    FontSize = 12;
    IconSize = 16;
    SortColumn = kind;
    UseCustomViewOptions = 1;
    };
    SidebarWidth = 146;
    ToolbarVisible = 1;
    ViewHeight = 382;
    ViewStyle = icnv;
    WindowBounds = {
    bottom = 540;
    left = 265;
    right = 1015;
    top = 158;
    };
    };
    NetworkViewSettings = {
    WindowState = {
    ShowPathbar = 1;
    ShowSidebar = 1;
    ShowStatusBar = 1;
    ShowToolbar = 1;
    SidebarWidth = 146;
    WindowBounds = "{{270, 30}, {750, 460}}";
    };
    };
    PackageViewSettings = {
    WindowState = {
    ShowPathbar = 1;
    ShowSidebar = 1;
    ShowStatusBar = 1;
    ShowToolbar = 1;
    SidebarWidth = 192;
    WindowBounds = "{{392, 75}, {770, 444}}";
    };
    };
    SearchViewSettings = {
    WindowState = {
    ShowPathbar = 1;
    ShowSidebar = 1;
    ShowStatusBar = 1;
    ShowToolbar = 1;
    SidebarWidth = 146;
    WindowBounds = "{{312, 105}, {924, 634}}";
    };
    };
    SidebarDevicesSectionDisclosedState = 1;
    SidebarPlacesSectionDisclosedState = 1;
    SidebarSearchesSectionDisclosedState = 1;
    SidebarSharedSectionDisclosedState = 1;
    TrashOptions = {
    SidebarWidth = 135;
    ToolbarVisible = 1;
    ViewHeight = 382;
    ViewStyle = icnv;
    WindowBounds = {
    bottom = 736;
    left = 464;
    right = 1214;
    top = 354;
    };
    };
    WindowState = (
    BROw,
    {
    EntryPoint = "file://localhost/Volumes/Mac%20OS%20X%20Install%20DVD/";
    ScrollPosition = {
    h = 0;
    v = 0;
    };
    ShowToolbar = 0;
    SidebarWidth = 0;
    Target = "file://localhost/Volumes/Mac%20OS%20X%20Install%20DVD/";
    ViewHeight = 420;
    ViewStyle = icnv;
    WindowBounds = {
    bottom = 464;
    left = 0;
    right = 525;
    top = 44;
    };
    }
    );
    }
     
  7. Jiddick ExRex thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

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    #7
    Code:
    Found 12 keys in domain 'com.apple.finder': {
        BrowserWindowState =     (
                    {
                BrowserViewState =             {
                    ColumnViewInnerScrollOrigins =                 (
                        "{0, 0}",
                        "{0, 0}",
                        "{0, 0}"
                    );
                    ColumnViewOuterScrollOrigin = "{0, 0}";
                };
                ShowPathbar = 1;
                ShowSidebar = 1;
                ShowStatusBar = 1;
                ShowToolbar = 1;
                SidebarWidth = 169;
                TargetPath =             (
                    "x-finder:Computer",
                    "file://localhost/",
                    "file://localhost/Applications/"
                );
                TargetURL = "file://localhost/Applications/";
                ViewStyle = Column;
                WindowBounds = "{{222, 300}, {1280, 458}}";
            }
        );
        ComputerOptions =     {
            SidebarWidth = 169;
            ToolbarVisible = 1;
            ViewHeight = 293;
            ViewStyle = icnv;
            WindowBounds =         {
                bottom = 727;
                left = 120;
                right = 920;
                top = 434;
            };
        };
        ComputerViewSettings =     {
            ListViewSettings =         {
                calculateAllSizes = 0;
                columns =             {
                    comments =                 {
                        ascending = 1;
                        index = 7;
                        visible = 0;
                        width = 300;
                    };
                    dateCreated =                 {
                        ascending = 0;
                        index = 2;
                        visible = 0;
                        width = 181;
                    };
                    dateLastOpened =                 {
                        ascending = 0;
                        index = 8;
                        visible = 0;
                        width = 200;
                    };
                    dateModified =                 {
                        ascending = 0;
                        index = 1;
                        visible = 1;
                        width = 181;
                    };
                    kind =                 {
                        ascending = 1;
                        index = 4;
                        visible = 1;
                        width = 115;
                    };
                    label =                 {
                        ascending = 1;
                        index = 5;
                        visible = 0;
                        width = 100;
                    };
                    name =                 {
                        ascending = 1;
                        index = 0;
                        visible = 1;
                        width = 300;
                    };
                    size =                 {
                        ascending = 0;
                        index = 3;
                        visible = 1;
                        width = 97;
                    };
                    version =                 {
                        ascending = 1;
                        index = 6;
                        visible = 0;
                        width = 75;
                    };
                };
                iconSize = 16;
                scrollPositionX = 0;
                scrollPositionY = 0;
                showIconPreview = 1;
                sortColumn = name;
                textSize = 12;
                useRelativeDates = 1;
                viewOptionsVersion = 0;
            };
            WindowState =         {
                ShowPathbar = 1;
                ShowSidebar = 1;
                ShowStatusBar = 1;
                ShowToolbar = 1;
                SidebarWidth = 169;
                WindowBounds = "{{79, 227}, {1280, 518}}";
            };
        };
        NSNavSidebarWidth = 120;
        NetworkViewOptions =     {
            ColumnViewOptions =         {
                ArrangeBy = kind;
            };
            IconViewOptions =         {
                ArrangeBy = kind;
                UseCustomViewOptions = 1;
            };
            ListViewOptions =         {
                ColumnCount = 8;
                ColumnFlags = 9;
                Columns =             (
                                    {
                        ColumnAlignment = 0;
                        ColumnPropertyID = dnam;
                        ColumnSortOrder = 1;
                        ColumnVisible = 1;
                        ColumnWidth = 300;
                    },
                                    {
                        ColumnAlignment = 0;
                        ColumnPropertyID = modd;
                        ColumnSortOrder = 2;
                        ColumnVisible = 1;
                        ColumnWidth = 181;
                    },
                                    {
                        ColumnAlignment = 0;
                        ColumnPropertyID = ascd;
                        ColumnSortOrder = 2;
                        ColumnVisible = 0;
                        ColumnWidth = 181;
                    },
                                    {
                        ColumnAlignment = "-1";
                        ColumnPropertyID = phys;
                        ColumnSortOrder = 2;
                        ColumnVisible = 1;
                        ColumnWidth = 97;
                    },
                                    {
                        ColumnAlignment = 0;
                        ColumnPropertyID = kind;
                        ColumnSortOrder = 1;
                        ColumnVisible = 1;
                        ColumnWidth = 115;
                    },
                                    {
                        ColumnAlignment = 0;
                        ColumnPropertyID = labl;
                        ColumnSortOrder = 1;
                        ColumnVisible = 0;
                        ColumnWidth = 100;
                    },
                                    {
                        ColumnAlignment = 0;
                        ColumnPropertyID = shvr;
                        ColumnSortOrder = 1;
                        ColumnVisible = 0;
                        ColumnWidth = 75;
                    },
                                    {
                        ColumnAlignment = 0;
                        ColumnPropertyID = cmmt;
                        ColumnSortOrder = 1;
                        ColumnVisible = 0;
                        ColumnWidth = 300;
                    }
                );
                FontSize = 12;
                IconSize = 16;
                SortColumn = kind;
                UseCustomViewOptions = 1;
            };
            SidebarWidth = 169;
            ToolbarVisible = 1;
            ViewStyle = icnv;
            WindowBounds =         {
                bottom = 0;
                left = 0;
                right = 0;
                top = 0;
            };
        };
        SearchViewSettings =     {
            IconViewSettings =         {
                arrangeBy = name;
                backgroundColorBlue = 1;
                backgroundColorGreen = 1;
                backgroundColorRed = 1;
                backgroundType = 0;
                gridOffsetX = 0;
                gridOffsetY = 0;
                gridSpacing = 31;
                iconSize = 64;
                labelOnBottom = 0;
                showIconPreview = 1;
                showItemInfo = 1;
                textSize = 12;
                viewOptionsVersion = 0;
            };
            WindowState =         {
                ShowPathbar = 1;
                ShowSidebar = 1;
                ShowStatusBar = 1;
                ShowToolbar = 1;
                SidebarWidth = 169;
                WindowBounds = "{{164, 120}, {1280, 458}}";
            };
        };
        SidebarDevicesSectionDisclosedState = 1;
        SidebarPlacesSectionDisclosedState = 1;
        SidebarSearchesSectionDisclosedState = 1;
        SidebarSharedSectionDisclosedState = 1;
        "Today.cannedSearch" =     {
            SidebarWidth = 169;
            ToolbarVisible = 1;
            ViewHeight = 440;
            ViewStyle = icnv;
            WindowBounds =         {
                bottom = 727;
                left = 34;
                right = 1404;
                top = 287;
            };
        };
        TrashOptions =     {
            SidebarWidth = 135;
            ToolbarVisible = 1;
            ViewHeight = 307;
            ViewStyle = icnv;
            WindowBounds =         {
                bottom = 686;
                left = 65;
                right = 1629;
                top = 379;
            };
        };
    }
     
  8. allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a

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    #8
    Maybe migrate your stuff to a new Admin account? It sure is a difficult issue :confused:

    I'm suggesting a new Admin account because you mentioned that other accounts look fine.
     
  9. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    #9
    Double-click on com.apple.finder.plist in ~/Library/Preferences. This should open with Property List Editor.

    Do you have a key named ShowSidebar of type Boolean and value Checked?
     
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    #10
    Why are no Places checked in the thumbnail in the first post?
     
  11. Jiddick ExRex thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

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    #11
    Because they can't. When I check them, they become unchecked immediately...
     
  12. Jiddick ExRex thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

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    #12
    It is indeed checked.
     
  13. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    #13
    Open again using Property List Editor. Uncheck that box. Save changes. Recheck box. Save changes. Quit Property List Editor.


    Then do command+option+esc and relaunch Finder.

    What a weird problem!
     
  14. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    #14
    Try dragging the com.apple.finder.plist file from another user account to your preferences folder, but before you restart the Finder, get info on finder.plist and make sure you lock it. Then restart the Finder.
     
  15. Jiddick ExRex thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

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    #15
    This didn't work either. I am fairly convinced that it is not sidebar related as the sidebar is not hidden, it's the actual icons that won't show.

    No dice.
    This is getting really weird!
     
  16. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    #16
    Not just the icons, but the entire contents of the sidebar.

    I have nothing more to offer. Sorry---and good luck.
     
  17. Chris Devers macrumors newbie

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    #17
    Sidebar has a separate plist file, focus on that maybe?

    You keep looking at com.apple.finder.plist, but the sidebar has its own plist file in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.sidebarlists.plist.

    Try renaming or removing that and see if it gets you anywhere.

    Alternatively, run `sudo filebyproc.d | grep plist` in a Terminal window to try to get a sense of which plist file are getting poked when you open up Finder windows.
     
  18. v3lky macrumors newbie

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    #18
    In case this has not been fixed, or anyway else has this problem here is what worked for me. The issue originally was that the sidebar simply was not present and could not be turned on in the View menu.

    First I deleted the plist files for both the finder and sidebar, ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder....

    Then I removed the Finder cache, ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.finder

    Then I relaunched the Finder, closed all the problematic windows, opened new ones and the side bar was present once again.

    Best of luck!
     

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