I accidentally dropped a file in the Finder toolbar instead of the destination folder (the ZIP icon on the right of the screenshot): OSX Lion - Finder Toolbar - Dropped File

How can I remove it from the toolbar?

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    I would like to alert any new answerers to not confuse the sidebar with the toolbar. Also, be sure you are answering a Lion specific question as things can change if you have older or newer OS.
    – bmike
    Commented Oct 31, 2012 at 22:11

5 Answers 5

  • Hold down ⌘ Command
  • Click file and drag it out
  • Is this a known OSX idiom, or just an ad-hoc command? (and if so then how did you find out about it?)
    – davetapley
    Commented Mar 24, 2012 at 18:57
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    The command key has always been the modifier to use when rearranging toolbar items. It works for any toolbar, not just in Finder. You can both rearrange items and drag them out.
    – jtbandes
    Commented Mar 24, 2012 at 20:41
  • I tired it on my mac and its not working :( I Still can't get those stupid images off of my toolbar
    – user20827
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 15:26
  • If command-dragging doesn't work, you can try right-clicking and choosing "Customize Toolbar".
    – jtbandes
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 16:27
  • Thanks it works perfectly. This problem I am facing from long time.
    – Siddharth
    Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 6:51

Maybe it's different on older versions of the OS, but I'm running OS X Lion, and I have to hold + and then drag it off.


I had this issue with a bunch of my files, until I realized that like all toolbars, there's a default set. Here's how to restore it:

Control-click (right-click) the menu bar and click Customize Toolbar...

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In the sheet that presents itself, drag the default menu bar on top of your "messy" one.

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I had this problem, too. Right click, select "customize toolbar," THEN just drag the folder out of the toolbar. No need to hold Cmd.

  • While true, I think the Cmd key version is easier and faster to do...
    – nohillside
    Commented Jun 29, 2012 at 18:18
  • As evidenced by the many answers explaining several modifiers to be used, it's clear that for some - the customize toolbar is more friendly to some users of OS X - less likely to use a unfamiliar key therefore more likely to succeed.
    – bmike
    Commented Nov 22, 2012 at 13:50

You need to hold down Command ⌘ and Fn and then drag the file off the toolbar.

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    Why 'Fn'? Should work without it as well...
    – nohillside
    Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 7:18
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    No Fn necessary!
    – myhd
    Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 9:56

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