There is a folder in my favorites in the sidebar of the finder on my Mac. That folder no longer exists, but for some reason it started showing up again as soon as I upgraded to Lion

When I right-click to delete the folder, nothing happens. Normally, for most folders, I see a "Remove from Sidebar" option, but alas, I do not for this folder.

Does anyone know a way to edit this list from the terminal? Has anyone else experienced this problem and found a solution?


I was having the same issue and here's what just worked for me:

Hold command, then drag it off the Favorites bar. The item will turn into a little "poof" white cloud and when you release, it'll go away! Finally!

  • HA! I'm still running 10.6.8, and had this issue. Great to find this answer. It worked fine. – JoeTaxpayer Dec 9 '14 at 13:19

This is how you do as described here:

To remove something from the Finder sidebar, hold Command as you drag it out.


All you have to do is click with 2 fingers on your trackpad or ctrl+click on the item and 'remove from sidebar'.

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    Lyken, in my message I very clearly wrote that nothing happens when I right-click for this particular folder. – Philip Walton Jul 21 '11 at 16:38

If the CMD+Option drag doesn't work (Pre 10.6.7 and all 10.5 for example), I suggest re-creating the same filename in it's same location (if you remember) then deleting the sidebar item, then re-deleting the folder... this was much easier to explain to a non-technical user than modifying the .plists

Later versions of 10.6 and all 10.7 allow the cmd-option drag, so that's the easiest if it works.

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