Have you added any modules to your shelves yet? Shelves are grayed out while they contain no modules, but once you add at least one module from Window -> Modules, you should be able to expand and collapse that shelf.
Think of it this way: A shelf doesn't exist until you create it. You create it by dragging a module into your window where you want the shelf to be (select Modules from the Window menu to get the list of available modules). Then you can toggle it off and on from the toolbar.
Stephen M. Smit...
on 05 Nov, 2019 08:36 PM
Thanks for this … I finally figured it out, but clearly other users are mystified by this too. Why don’t you provide some on-screen guidance? How about this for the screen that opens with Window -> Modules:
on 16 Nov, 2019 12:55 PM
I want to add my name to the complaint list that the Help function is sorely, sorely lacking. Once I discovered PathFinder last year, I can't operate without it. But I've wasted a huge amount of time since v9 was released trying to understand why my bottom and top shelf icons were gray. Once I read this thread (yea, probably should have discovered it earlier), I NOW see that creating the bottom shelf is as simple as dragging the Sidebar module to the bottom of the screen.
Something needs to be done to get how to use information, especially for new (or returning) features, to user's more quickly.
Not ever feature is intuitively obvious to all users.
I have moved modules to the left, top and right edges and get those areas to open up to place the module in them. However the bottom will not expand at all. When trying to drop a module along the bottom the module icon has the circle with the slash meaning 'no can do'.
How can I move a module to create a bottom shelf when the window won't allow it?