Whenever I open a new finder window it opens up as if it's an external drive. I.e. there's no side navigation bar and clicking through to each folder opens up a new window.

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Any suggestions would be much appreciated.


New finder windows in OS X 10.9 remember the view settings of previous windows.

To fix this, from Finder:

  1. View > Show Toolbar (cmd-opt-T)
  2. View > Show Sidebar (cmd-opt-S)

If your problem is that subsequent finder windows don't retain the toolbar/sidebar view, then I think your finder preferences might be corrupt. Try following instructions here: http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/finder.html

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    I just needed to do cmd-opt-T to get it to work – thanks! – David Ingledow May 15 '14 at 21:39

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