How to hide (and show) Finder’s Favorites

Updated June 6th, 2019.

It’s very handy to have some shortcuts in the left-hand pane (the “sidebar”) of your Finder windows. In the screenshot below you can see I have shortcuts, in the sidebar, for a bunch of folders. One click on a folder in the sidebar and it opens in the main window pane to the right, even though I don’t know where the folders really are.

Finder Favorites
Favorites showing

Sometimes the list of Favorites disappears, and it looks like this:

hide-show favorites 2
Favorites hidden

You are probably guessing that the Favorites are still there, but hiding. Good guess!

Try moving the cursor until it is parallel with the word “Favorites.” See the tiny, grey-on-grey writing that says “Show?” Click it, and your stuff isn’t hidden anymore. Of course you can hide things again later.

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