Hide and Show Your MacBook Finder's Status Bar - dummies

Hide and Show Your MacBook Finder’s Status Bar

By Mark L. Chambers

The status bar appears either at the bottom or top of the Finder window on your MacBook, depending on whether the toolbar has been hidden, and it displays a number of helpful informational-type tidbits about the window’s contents. Depending on what you’ve opened, the status bar can include

  • Statistics: See the number of items in the window and the amount of free space remaining on the volume.

  • A write-protect icon: This icon looks like a pencil with a line running through it. This indicates that you don’t have write permissions for the contents of the window — or the volume where the contents reside. (Note that this doesn’t necessarily mean that folders at a lower level are write-protected as well.) You’ll typically see this icon when you’re viewing the contents of a CD or DVD, where everything is write-protected.


To toggle the display of the status bar, choose View from the Finder menu and then choose Show/Hide Status Bar, or press Command+/.

The path bar is a close relative of the status bar. If you turn it on, the path bar also resides at the bottom of every Finder window, and it shows the system path that leads to the selected file or folder (starting with the volume where the file resides and following each enclosing folder).

For example, if you select your Home folder in the Finder window Sidebar, the path might read Hard Drive > Users > mark. This feature identifies the location of files and folders that you’re using. To view the path bar, click View→ Show Path Bar.