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    Finder Sidebar has disappeared
    Hello,

    I have had an app called Total Finder installed, they recently did an update, which caused me to have sidebar problems. I have since deleted this app, because I couldn't work without my sidebar.
    After deleting the app, and re-launching finder, I now have no sidebar, no options, search box or back buttons in my finder window, and my folders open in new windows when the 'always open folders in new windows' box is unticked.
    How can I get my old finder back?

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    Go to user>library>preferences and delete com.apple.finder.plist and hopefully this fixes your mess.
    Repair disk permissions. reboot and see if you are back to good.
    Next step would be to reinstall that app and use the uninstaller if it has one, and if not, use AppCleaner to delete it which will find any left of mess.
    Failing that,, get onto the developers of that App.
    Failing all of that, I hope you have been vigilant with keeping time machine backups, and restoring back to before your trouble began.
    Finally, reinstalling OS X and staying away from these "questionable OS X altering applications"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    and staying away from these "questionable OS X altering applications"
    The best advice i have heard today
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    Go to user>library>preferences and delete com.apple.finder.plist and hopefully this fixes your mess.
    Repair disk permissions. reboot and see if you are back to good.
    Next step would be to reinstall that app and use the uninstaller if it has one, and if not, use AppCleaner to delete it which will find any left of mess.
    Failing that,, get onto the developers of that App.
    Failing all of that, I hope you have been vigilant with keeping time machine backups, and restoring back to before your trouble began.
    Finally, reinstalling OS X and staying away from these "questionable OS X altering applications"
    Thanks, got it working!

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    Which step did it - for the next one with the same issue?
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    Please share what you did that fixed it, should someone else run into the same problem, and find this thread

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    You beat me to it Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    Go to user>library>preferences and delete com.apple.finder.plist and hopefully this fixes your mess.
    Repair disk permissions. reboot and see if you are back to good.
    Next step would be to reinstall that app and use the uninstaller if it has one, and if not, use AppCleaner to delete it which will find any left of mess.
    Failing that,, get onto the developers of that App.
    Or, just click the oval at the upper right of the window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    Or, just click the oval at the upper right of the window.
    Lol.... forgot about that!
    I wonder if that's all it was

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