Whenever I add the documents or desktop folder to favorites on macOS Sierra, it stays there for some time but then disappears. Is it a problem with iCloud Drive?

Update: It still occurs in macOS High Sierra. I tried booting into safe mode, resetting PRAM and SMC, resetting finder preferences, but it still doesn't fix the problem.

You can see it here: https://youtu.be/TJubgY3tUKM

  • Same for me. My Desktop sticks ok but not Documents. New MBP, my old one was fine. Nov 18, 2017 at 17:22

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Im not sure what is causing this, but you could try force quitting Finder. Go to the Apple icon in the top left corner and select the Force Quit option. A menu will pop up and you can click on Finder to restart it. Also, if you open the Finder preferences you should be able to select which folders appear in the side bar.

  • I tried force quitting Finder but the same problem occurred. I also tried the preferences and I was able to see which folder were added to the sidebar. However, when I checked Documents and Desktop, it would glitch and remain unchecked. Jul 29, 2017 at 18:51
  • @AmitKulkarni Have you tried restarting the computer and also shutting down manually?
    – Gleland
    Jul 29, 2017 at 18:54
  • I have done it before, but the problem still persisted, I will try it again and let you know when my computer turns back on and if it fixed the problem. Jul 29, 2017 at 18:55
  • I tried force shutting down by pressing and holding the power button, but the problem still persists. Jul 29, 2017 at 19:00
  • @AmitKulkarni Have you tried logging out and logging back in? If there are other users on the machine, have you tried on a different account?
    – Gleland
    Jul 29, 2017 at 19:01

Here's a link I found, I was experiencing the same issue. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4283571

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    May 10, 2018 at 4:54

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