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My laptop had some issues so I restarted it. Before I did, I ran htop and killed the process which was using the most of my resources, but I can't remember which one what is.

Once I turned my laptop back on, this happened:

Files without a sidebar

As you can see, my sidebar completely disappeared and I have no idea why nor how to take it back.

I already tried purging the pantheon-files package and installing it again, but that didn't work. It also takes me to the root directory by default instead of my home directory. Running pantheon-files from the terminal doesn't show anything suspicious.

EDIT: This seems to affect only the current user. I tried logging in as guest and this problem was not present.

  • Just as a note, it's not really related with the problem, but don't do things like "Before I did, I ran htop and killed the process which was using the most of my resources, but I can't remember which one what is.". If you really, really, really want to intervene with what your system is doing, make sure you know what you are killing, why you do that and remember these facts. They're important. – embik Jul 28 '15 at 10:51
  • Yup, I know. I'll make sure I don't repeat this mistake. – r3bl Jul 28 '15 at 11:14
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I guess, you have accidentally pressed Ctrl+B, it's the short cut for hiding the sidebar.

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    I'm 100% sure I didn't press that key combination once I got this problem (as far as I know this key combination doesn't make the / directory default). However, now I did press that key combination and it got the problem resolved once I restarted Files. Now it opens my home directory by default. – r3bl Jul 27 '15 at 23:22
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The F9 key will hide/show the sidebar as well.

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