I have a folder in my finder sidebar under favourites.

I moved, then also renamed, the folder that points to (without removing it from the finder sidebar).

Now I want to remove it from finder favourites (via right click, remove from sidebar), but finder won't let me, this seems to be disabled. What should I do?

Hmmm... I just tried to remove a folder that I hadn't removed or renamed, and the situation is the same.

  • What OS version? Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 20:39
  • El Cap - note issue is solved as below answer, albeit without pinpointing the cause.
    – mwal
    Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 6:19
  • support.apple.com/kb/PH22175 says "Remove an item: Drag the item icon out of the sidebar until you see a gray remove sign (x)." Commented Sep 13, 2017 at 1:12
  • I saw that but my point was that all the usual methods were not functioning (it wasn't a 'how to do it' question, but a 'something is not working in the os as it should', i.e., an os bug question).
    – mwal
    Commented Sep 13, 2017 at 7:21

2 Answers 2


What worked for me was going to finder/preferences/sidebar, and unchecking then re-checking my user name folder (the offending folders did not appear there), which had the effect of making the offending folders disappear.


Go to preferences under the Finder menu. This brings up a window with a tab for the sidebar. From there you should be able to uncheck the folder you don't want to be displayed.

  • I tried that before but the offending folder (one of my own folders, not a standard system folder) doesn't appear there. However, I simply clicked a few times to uncheck and check and toggling my own home folder has had the result of making the folders I had previously tried to remove but did not remove, now disappear. :)
    – mwal
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 16:55

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