Article last updated on:
December 27, 2023

The sidebar in ChatGPT helps you:

  • See your Chat History
  • Start a New Chat
  • Access various Settings

In this guide, we’ll teach you how to open and hide the sidebar.

How to use the sidebar in ChatGPT

To open and close the sidebar in ChatGPT, open the app and click on the book-alike icon in the top-left corner of the page.

Operate the sidebar with this button: open and close.

1. Opening it

How to open the sidebar in ChatGPT
  1. Go to the ChatGPT website
  2. Click on the book icon: “Open the sidebar

This will open the menu with settings.

You should now see the following:

ChatGPT Home Screen with Sidebar Opened


This is ChatGPT with the sidebar opened.

2. Closing it

How to close the sidebar in ChatGPT
  1. Open the ChatGPT website
  2. Hit the book-alike icon: “Close sidebar

This will collapse the menu and close the sidebar.

Your screen should now look like this:

ChatGPT - App Home Page

This is what ChatGPT with the closed sidebar looks like.


In this tutorial, we’ve explored all functions of ChatGPT’s sidebar.

You’ve just learned how to close and open it.

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Ch David and Daniel

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