Restore your missing sidebar in iTunes 11

How to restore the sidebar in iTunes 11

Restore the sidebar in iTunes 11Yesterday, Apple launched iTunes 11. One thing you’ll notice is that it is very minimal – replacing menus for beautiful coverart.  In addition, the sidebar where you could easily organize your playlists and access your devices is now missing as well.

For most users, iTunes 11 will take some getting used to.  Fortunately, if you want the missing sidebar in iTunes 11, you can bring it back – without any hacking or special tweaks. All you need to do is follow these instructions.

How to restore the missing sidebar in iTunes 11

To restore the missing sidebar in iTunes 11, follow these steps.

  1. Launch iTunes
  2. Click the View… menu
  3. Select Show Sidebar

You should now see the missing sidebar in iTunes 11 and all your playlists and devices.

Note: If you want to hide the sidebar, select the View… menu. This time, select Hide Sidebar.

Although it has a minimalist look and feel, I think I’ll enjoy using iTunes 11.  My philosophy is this; just like anything, it will take some time to get used to.

How about you? How do you like iTunes 11 so far? Leave your comments below.

  • Nick Ross

    you know what would be great? If I didn’t have to go through this process every time I launched itunes in windows 8…. I know apple vs MS but still

    • Christian Karasiewicz

      @disqus_W2JKKnbXpI:disqus sorry to hear about that. I didn’t realize Windows 8 didn’t save your settings. Have you tried reporting it from within iTunes?