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I agree here.  I thought that case-sensitive search/multi-select would have been a no-brainer..   There should be an option/function to toggle it on and off as well.

If I am searching a document for date.. I don't want it to select DATE or Date.  just date.  Why isn't this an option, considering how advanced ST2 is?

You can map the toggle_sidebar menu command to any keybinding you like (provided it's not already in your user settings).  
Just go to Preferences -> Keybindings - User
add this
{ "keys": ["ctrl+alt+["], "command": "toggle_side_bar" },
{ "keys": ["ctrl+alt+]"], "command": "toggle_minimap" }

Change ctrl+alt+] to whatever keybinding you'd like.  It overrides the default keybindings.  I have mine set to [ and ] to hide the sidebar and minimap.