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Fix a Finder sidebar resizing issue System
I noticed a few days ago that I was no longer able to resize my Finder's sidebar. When the mouse's cursor was over the border it didn't change to the resizing one and I couldn't modify the sidebar's width either.

I found the solution in a corrupt Finder preferences file. The 'ShowSidebar' option was turned off even when I was able to see the sidebar. Changing that value to 'YES' and killing the Finder solved my problem:

defaults write ShowSidebar -bool YES

killall Finder

Anyway, some part of the problem is still present since the preferences file and Finder's behavior are not related yet; if I change the setting back to 'NO' the sidebar is still shown but becomes sticky again. It appeared once I was changing a lot the visibility of sidebar, path bar and status bar to see different configurations.

I'm running 10.7.3.

[crarko adds: I can't reproduce this. It sounds like the Finder prefs are just messed up, and perhaps deleting the prefs file and starting fresh may do the trick. Has anybody else observed this issue?]
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Fix a Finder sidebar resizing issue
Authored by: zo219 on Feb 11, '12 04:14:45PM

Finder prefs become corrupt more frequently in Lion. Trash 'em. Haven't seen such a messy release in twenty years on Mac.

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Fix a Finder sidebar resizing issue
Authored by: Verner on Feb 14, '12 08:40:16AM

I'm also running Mac OS X 10.7.3 but i don't have that problem, i can reseize the sidebar as I wish

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