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I used to have several favorites in the sidebar of the finder window, but today they are gone.

I cannot drag folders into the sidebar, and I can't display the ones available to choose from in Finder > Preferences. WTF?

Here's a little screen capture of it misbehaving:

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The first thing to try is to make a new user account and then see if the finder sidebar functions there.

If so, you can log out and delete that user account and then make a backup of the system. You'll want to delete the user preferences for Finder.

defaults delete com.apple.Finder

Then log out and back it to see if the finder sidebar is working.

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