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I can hide the toolbar in Finder by pressing option+command+T. However it only saves this to the .DS_store file in the folder I do press the command. I'd like to have the toolbar hidden as default, as I only use shortcuts anyway and I like the extra viewing space it gives.

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Take a look at this thread. I don't know any other way to achieve your goal. – amiregelz Jul 31 '12 at 18:28
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I don't know any way to hide the toolbar by default, but you could drag all items out of it after selecting Customize Toolbar from the context menu.

Or run something like this in AppleScript Editor:

tell application "Finder"
    repeat with f in (get folders of home)
        open f
        tell window 1
            set toolbar visible to false
        end tell
    end repeat
end tell
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How did you remove the icons? – Daniel Beck Aug 3 '12 at 19:27
You can hide them in the view options in column view. There's a bug where the icons are still shown when Arrange By is not set to None or Name though. – user495470 Aug 3 '12 at 20:50
Only in column view, too bad. Thanks! – Daniel Beck Aug 3 '12 at 20:52
dragging out all the items still leaves a weird patch of empty toolbar. The second solution worked well for me though :) – user149402 Jul 24 '13 at 3:54

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