How to quickly show & hide the Status Bar in OS X Lion

1 October, 2011 - Paul Dixon
OS X Lion Finder Window

By default in OS X Lion, Finder windows no longer have a status bar running along the bottom. While I can appreciate that this helps to keep windows uncluttered, I sometimes miss being able to quickly see how many items there are inside a window, and the ability to re-size icons – which can be really handy when viewing folders full of photos.

Thankfully, you can quickly show and hide the status bar at the bottom of a Finder window by using the shortcut: Command/

OS X Lion Status Bar

Alternatively, you can also turn the status bar on and off via the View menu:

OS X Lion View Menu

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Paul Dixon is the owner of Macsessed. He lives in Lancashire in the UK where he works as a web designer. You can find him on and Twitter.