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Browser Format Issues

Hi, I recently updated Anki and should have the version ⁨2.1.44. When I open the browser, the layout is not like what I have seen other users have (no side bar - unable to see categories/tagging/etc.) How can I see the sidebar?

Could it be that you’re using an add-on that affects the browser?
Hold Shift on startup to load Anki without add-ons and see if the problem persists.

Thanks for the response! I tried holding shift after closing and reopening the app just now but it still doesn’t show the side bar…is there anything else I can do? How can I delete the add on?

Click on Tools -> Add-ons or press Ctrl + Shift + A to open the Add-ons dialog. You can then disable your add-ons one-by-one with “Toggle Enabled” and restart Anki to check if any of them are causing the issue.

You could also send a screenshot of that window. Perhaps I can give you a hint which add-ons you need to check.

I took a look at my Add-ons and I think I only have one? I tried the “Toggle Enabled” options and no change unfortunately

Screen Shot 2021-07-19 at 3.15.23 AM

Hm, I have no idea what could cause this.

Since Anki 2.1.45 is already very stable and your only add-on works on that version, you could try the latest release candidate: anki-2.1.45+rc1_60f6fccc-mac.dmg (from

You could try the Go>Sidebar menu item. You may need to close and re-open the browser afterwards.

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I’ve also noticed this in 2.1.45. The behavior is different from previous versions, where reopening the browser would always restore the sidebar, whereas now, it will stay closed.

Anki’s not exposing a way to hide the sidebar though is it? I presume you’re using an add-on to do so?

On macOS you can close the sidebar by right-clicking the resize handle for the sidebar.

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On Linux too. That’s one easter egg of a GUI element :smiley:

Thanks Henrik :slight_smile: I’ll slip a fix for this in the stable release.